Watched Apr 08, 2012
I love when expectations are not met, but surpassed in a completely different way; I was crazy surprised by this film. I didn't know anything about it, other than that people like it, and I put it on because I was in the mood for a scary movie. Although it wasn't very scary, I was surprised to find an honestly touching, very funny, excellent examination of family with some thrills.
While I am in the mood sometimes for true shocks, thrills, and jump scares, I love this breed of horror movie that is more unsettling, more about the horror of being human. The monster as The Other, as a reflection of what we truly find scary. And even though the monster isn't very scary, I really dug the way it moved, and it looks pretty good.
I was really astonished at how the film achieved its laughs - it's really fucking funny, but I wouldn't call it a horror comedy like I would Shaun of the Dead. Tonally, it's just something completely different, yet still completely successful.
Of particular interest to me was the Korean family dynamic. There are definitely times when I wonder about my life had I not been adopted. I would have grown up like that girl, with a poor single mother who worked in a restaurant. If I was lucky, I would have a parent trying to save pennies to buy me a trendy cell phone. I also thought it was interesting within the context of South Korea's history of unwanted (mostly female) children, and guilt over the same. But probably just reading into it too much. Jesus, someone explain my fucking history to me.