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A Bloody Aria Review

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On a day trip through the countryside, a young singer In-jeong flees to the woods to escape the advances of her lecherous professor and runs into a disturbed group of country-bred thugs.

★★★★

After Donkey punch, Them and Eden Lake, it’s amazing there’s still a lonely locale for the unwitting to be terrorised in. Won Sin-yun’s variation on the theme is just as prone to cliché as the aforementioned, but there’s a savage intelligence at work, as unctuous professor Lee Byeong-jun and his female protégé Cha Ye-ryeon are menaced by a rustic cabal. Power shifts often as expectations are confounded, with the actions of kidnapped pupil Kim Shi-hoo and cop Han Suk-kyu forcing the viewer to rethink who the psycho really is. Won’s critique of the abuse of power in South Korean society lacks trenchancy, but he subverts convention with an incisiveness lacking in much transatlantic horror.

Won’s critique of the abuse of power in South Korean society lacks trenchancy, but he subverts convention with an incisiveness lacking in much transatlantic horror.

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