Whispering Corridors (1998)
(U.S. and Canada)
Photo gallery, bonus
much really happens in this Korean horror flick about an all-girl school
that is being terrorised by the ghost of a former pupil who had committed
suicide there several years ago after being ostracized by both her peer
group and the school's teachers.
Things kick off promisingly though with a teacher discovering some secret
about said pupil. Of course she does this late at night at the deserted
school during an electrical school. Needless to say she is soon killed off
by a supernatural presence in the guise of one of the girl pupils. What
breathless discovery did she make? All is revealed at the end of the
movie, but the chances are that you'd have a hard time figuring out just
what the heck it is since by then things have degenerated into such a
series of subplots and flashbacks that, while you'll catch the overall
gist of it all, you'll be hard-pressed to explain any specifics.
The marketing blurbs at the back of the DVD cover proclaim that
Whispering Corridors kick-started the current Asian horror flick
explosion we are seeing, but that is rather difficult to swallow even
though the movie did inspire two sequels.
THE DISC: Not much in terms of extras: just a photo gallery and
some trailers for other Asia Extreme releases by Tartan (such as
A Snake of June, which was surprisingly
good). Movie is in wide-screen. Image and sound is adequate, but not
WORTH IT? Asian horror movie fans would probably want to check out
Whispering Corridors to see the movie which the South Korean
authorities actually tried to ban because of its portrayal of the all-girl
school as a cesspit of abuse, brutality and repression (which sounds
pretty much like my own school education).
RECOMMENDATION: A rental if you're into this sort of thing.