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Horror Stories (2012/Artsploitation DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Anthology: B+

Korean directors bring a whole new level in the new feature-length anthology omnibus film Horror Stories as a young girl is kidnapped by a psycho killer and is forced to tell him scary stories to help him sleep, if not.... As the girl tells the scariest stories she knows she hopes to find a way out... or else she becomes the next story. This plays like four stories in one, four different tales of horror, but each piece holds its own, with the wrap-around story directed by Min Kyu-dong.

Don't Answer the Door (directed by Jung Bum-sik) is the tale of a brother and sister who alone and then hunted by psycho. Endless Flight: a flight attendant must face a killer when he gets lose on the plane (directed by Im Dae-woong). Secret Recipe: two step sisters faces off for marriage to a rich doctor who is secretly a cannibal (directed by Hong Ji-yong). Ambulance on the Death Zone: in a zombie infested world, a mother tries to save her daughter who might be infected but no one believes her (directed by Kim Gok and Kim Sun).

The Korean director does a masterful job using the dark, shadows with twists in the story, however the most scary parts are how ghosts or undead suddenly appear that will leave you scared of the the dark and biting your nails.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is a little soft, but looks as good as it can in this format because style choices are part of the softness while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix slightly varies between the shorts, but is not bad either, though this shows its low-budget. Extras include a 12-page booklet inside the DVD case, while the DVD adds Interviews and Trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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