AKA: Whispering Corridor
Director: Park Gi-Hyeong
Producer: Lee Chun-Yeon
Cast: Park Jin-Hee, Lee Mi-Yeon, Kim Gyu-Ri, Choi Gang-Hee, Yun Ji-Hye, Park Yong-Su, Lee Yong-Nyeo
Running Time: 107 min.
Lovers of the 1999 hit Memento Mori take note, its prequel, Whispering Corridors, will definitely entertain. The stories both take place in an all-girl’s school, with some supernatural goings on. Memento Mori was the first Korean film I ever saw, and at the time wasn’t extremely impressed, however, I found Whispering Corridors a bit more interesting, a bit more engaging and even a bit more predictable.
The story centers on a student, Lim Ji-oh, and her new friend, Jae-ji, who are in their senior year at a haunted school. After the teacher of classroom 3 is lynched by a ghost, everyone sees her body hanging outside the school and assume that she committed suicide. The perverted, abusive principal of the school, known un-affectionately as Mad Dog, takes over the class while the new teacher, Miss Hur, gets ready to start teaching. Miss Hur is a former student at the school, whose best friend, Jin-ju, killed herself in the school 9-years earlier. Can Ji-oh and Miss Hur discover the source of the school haunting before it’s too late and comes for them? Tune in to find out!
There are definite similarities between Whispering Corridors and Memento Mori, even though they aren’t direct sequels (merely sharing similar themes and settings). The music in Whispering Corridors was adequately eerie, and the colors were dark and moody. I can’t say the movie, which is supposed to be a horror movie, scared me at all, but it was enjoyable. I definitely think fans of horror movies like Memento Mori, The Ring and The Eye will like this one, but I’m not really a big horror movie fan and probably didn’t get as much out of it as others might.
If you’re at all a fan of Memento Mori, or just like horror movies with pretty Korean girls in school-girl outfits, definitely check out Whispering Corridors.
Equinox21’s Rating: 7.5/10