Monday, October 25, 2010

Cinderella (2006)

The daughter of a plastic surgeon is the envy of her peers, but when several of them die under mysterious circumstances, Hyunsu will discover the ghastly secrets behind her beauty. CINDERELLA is Korea's answer to the surgical horror themes first presented in Georges Franju's EYES WITHOUT A FACE, mixing several gory moments of bodily dismemberment with the Asian supernatural revenge thrillers. Although it is light on any truly terrifying moments, CINDERELLA builds itself on the character drama between Hyunsu and her protective mother, and succeeds in producing a suspenseful mystery out of their struggle. Unfortunately, the tangled story threads and awkward editing make it difficult to decipher what exactly is going on, and when. The supernatural elements of the plot also seem entirely out of place, especially when the film's reveal in the end directly contradicts the existence of any spirits. Even with a decent cast and strong filming, CINDERELLA is simply unable to overcome the inherent problems with the script, but Asian Horror fans will not be overly disappointed with this one.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 5/10.

If you liked CINDERELLA, check out:
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, EYES WITHOUT A FACE, THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF.

4 comments:

  1. I've been curious about this one for a while, but perhaps I'll skip it.

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  2. There was potential here Becks, the filmmakers just couldnt pull it together in the end. Its a mish-mash of The Grudge, The Changeling, Eyes Without A Face, and Cinderella, so it may still hold some interest?

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  3. I enjoy Asian horror, don't get me wrong, but of you give it the red light then I usually stay clear. But this actually sounds like an interesting premise. Guess the execution just wasn't there, right?

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  4. Exactly the case, though this is interesting enough for a rent. It had some good things going for it, but just got lost in the process unfortunately.

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