Film Review: A Bloodthirsty Killer (1965) by Lee Yong-min + Full Movie

One of many nation’s first prolific style administrators, Lee Yong-min initially began his profession within the Forties and 50s directing conventional dramas and comedies earlier than turning to horror within the Nineteen Sixties. Churning out titles like “A Flower of Evil”, “The Gates of Hell”, and “Bride from the Grave” earlier than this title, he quickly grew to become one of many first names within the nation’s style scene on the time, spearheading quite a lot of the work carried out in the remainder of the 60s and 70s with fairly just a few movies to observe in his footsteps regardless of a overwhelming majority of his personal work not getting the credit score it deserves. As one in every of his most widely-available titles, this basic ghost story nonetheless stands as much as the day.

Arriving at a wierd artwork gallery, Shi-mok (Lee Ye-chun) is shocked to seek out the exhibit closed and wanted to be up to date when a mysterious portray of his late spouse Ae-ja (Do Geum-bong) is noticed within the facility. Leaving to go to a pal of his, he finds himself in possession of a replica of the identical portray which he takes dwelling to his second spouse, Hye-sook (Lee Bin-hwa), mom (Jeong Ae-ran), and three youngsters which quickly launches the household right into a endless collection of ghostly and unexplained encounters. Realizing the supply of the exercise is said to the therapy of his first spouse and that her vengeful spirit is behind every part, he tries to cease the lethal grudge from consuming his household.

There’s rather a lot to get pleasure from in “A Bloodthirsty Killer.” What makes this one fairly enjoyable is the slightly pleasing storyline from director Yong-min that gives a densely-plotted story of old-school ghostly revenge. The preliminary incidents surrounding Shi-mok make this really feel like a collection of unusual occasions surrounding a mysterious portray and the continued sightings of his seemingly long-dead first spouse operating across the neighborhood. As time goes on, it regularly turns into clear that the occasions are based mostly on a type of revenge from past the grave as Ae-ja, his first spouse is slowly revealed to have been the wrongdoer of a conniving conspiracy involving his household. That the reality comes about slightly slowly with the revelations popping out within the latter half involving what actually occurred to Ae-ja provides this a robust total really feel. Mixed with a robust visible aptitude that helps to make the scares look considerably surreal at instances along with the regular plot, there’s rather a lot to love right here.

On high of this, “Bloodthirsty Killer” manages to include fairly a little bit of sturdy motion all through. The opening encounter within the artwork gallery is a strong setpiece with the desolate exhibit area, eerie ghost laughter within the distance, and the startling impact of the portray’s face melting in entrance of him. This all begins the movie on a robust be aware and will get every part arrange for later. Likewise, the confrontation with the painter that ends in Ae-ja returning to settle the rating with him, Shi-mok getting framed for the homicide, and resulting in a chase by means of the countryside that uncovers her physique buried in a secret basement has some thrilling moments. The primary scenes of Ae-ja’s ghost tormenting the household, from the encounter on the waterfalls to snatching the daughter out of the bed room underneath the mom’s eye, are fairly startling and eerie sufficient to shock as properly.

This results in extra enjoyable with the possessed grandmother making an attempt to tear the household aside utilizing the ghost of Ae-ja as an instrument to assist facilitate her plans. Realizing that the ghost has taken maintain by means of a usually spectacular setup that entails the grandmother appearing out of character, gives “Bloodthirsty Killer” with some enjoyable sequences. Whereas beginning with the licking of the sleeping youngsters, it quickly delves into extra fully-fledged style concepts together with commanding a number of cats to assault Hye-sook and finally overpower her, with the frantic hissing and constant cat-like grooming that takes place each time nobody is observing her, and the unbelievable confrontation in her room. This sequence brings about her unnatural conduct together with leaping onto the ceiling, turning her limbs right into a cat, and finally reworking into the feline demon that was possessing her all alongside for a slightly surprising encounter. With a full-on finale that features the massive battle with the ghost and getting to grasp her want for revenge, this part ends every part on a superb be aware.

There isn’t a lot unsuitable right here however “Bloodthirsty Killer” does have some points. One of many solely actual points is the downward spike in momentum this goes by means of within the second half. Relatively than carrying on with the established tempo and temper that had been at play till that time, “Bloodthirsty Killer” drops as an alternative into a chronic backstory on Ae-ja’s reasoning to turn into a ghost. This melodrama-heavy backstory specializing in the preliminary circumstances that caused this ghostly origin story that delves deep into infidelity, forbidden lust, and deception is positioned on the unsuitable level within the operating time. As properly, it additionally brings in regards to the different difficulty within the slightly formulaic ghost-revenge storyline at play right here. Dozens of different efforts have come out taking this arrange of a ghost taking revenge for his or her dying as a setup for their very own work since, in that approach, it could possibly really feel fairly acquainted. Past that, although, there’s not a lot to dislike right here.

A extremely pleasing basic ghost story that feels inspirational for a lot of style efforts to return, “A Bloodthirsty Killer” has quite a lot of constructive facets and stays one of many higher style entries within the type. Followers of old-school ghost tales, revenge items, or Asian horror, typically, could have rather a lot to love right here.

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