Monday, July 17, 2017
The Silenced (aka: Gyeongseonghakyoo: Sarajin sonyeodeul) (2015) 1h 39m
I really like foreign horror films. Primarily because they're something different. They give me something new to be scared of. It's a whole new series of plots, monsters, ghosts, and superstitions that actually spark something inside. I find myself looking up more info, digging deeper, going further than I do with most American horror films. So what do I do when one suddenly pulls a very American horror plot? Actually... I kind of liked it.
The Silenced takes place in an all-girls boarding school/sanitarium. Our main character, Shizuko, arrives because she has contracted TB. Over time we find out that there was another girl with the same name that just left/vanished one day. The girls seem like typical school girls but some have weird freak-out moments. It's as if they've become possessed. There are some more traditional Asian horror moments that come into play as well: hands reaching out where there's nobody, girls with long black hair being pulled into impossible spaces, etc. Shizuko begins to change as well.
I want to write more but I know if I cover any more of the plot then I'll spoil this movie. Most of the time I don't care if I do, but that's on crap, and I enjoyed watching The Silenced. It's a slower paced film than what most people may be used to but when it picks up it picks the fuck up. I spent time actively trying to piece together things rather than having it all figured out from the start. I also like that the filmmakers use the symbolism of breaking glass so well. It represents everything from moments of frailty, to a shift in a person or moment, or even someone's breaking point. At first it seems tedious until you have that realization of "oh, there is purpose to this."
I give The Silenced a solid 3 cheesy Mazel Tov images out of 5: