Suddenly in the Dark (1981) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Young Nam Ko
Starring: Il-bong Yun, Yeong-ae Kim, Ki-seon Lee
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mondo Macabro
Psychological and Supernatural drama/horror. Wife is suspecting husband’s infidelity since the arrival of their young housekeeper who carries a mysterious wooden doll with herself.
Suddenly in the Dark comes to us on Blu-ray from Mondo Macabro and I have to admit it packs one of the coolest covers you’ll find out there right now. The movie its self is a 1981 flick from Korea that seems to be a film with a lot more style than perhaps substance. Here we witness a family gets turned a bit upside down when they welcome someone in their home and the wife then starts having some visions and suspicions that may or may not be due to the girl they welcome in. Or it might just be because of the weird doll she brings in the home with her. This sets for a bit of a is it real or isn’t its series of events and while I can appreciate the mood I just feel the movie drags a bit too much for my personal taste. I think the doll is cool and the plot isn’t awful by any means but it’s a movie that might just be one when you have to be in the right state of mind and mood to see. This time, however, for a first watch I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.
The themes and style of the film are still something that I can very much respect. We have some cool visuals, especially when you take a look at some of the vision regarding the doll. We’ve seen movies like this before but you can certainly pick up on the Korean flavor it also sprinkles over the subject matter. I also think this is a movie that really looks good in HD. So if you have seen this one before and just want to see it and own it in the best way possible then you can’t go wrong with this. If you were like me and haven’t seen it before, then expect the slower pace going in. I wasn’t aware of that and kind of expected more in a better pacing than I got. As for extras you still get some cool interviews. I found those to be a nice watch after having seen the film. I especially enjoyed the one interview with critic Kim Bong-spoke on the history of horror films in Korea.
– Korean Language with optional English subtitles
– Interview with producer David Suh
– Interview with critic Kim Bong-spoke on the history of Korean horror films
– Korean VHS Cover Art Gallery
– Mondo Macabro Promo Reel
– Brand New Cover Illustration by Naomi Butterfield
Quality of Transfer: 96%