Friday, July 29, 2011

Freaky Friday: Three...Extremes

*NOTE: I am away on vacation. This post has been scheduled for your enjoyment. So...Enjoy!*

Warning: This review - or movie - is not for the faint of heart!

All credit - and curses - go to Sara for hounding me to see this compilation of three talented stories by Asia's top directors. The film is comprised of Dumplings, directed by Fruit Chan (Hong Kong), Cut, directed by Park Chan-wook (South Korea) and Box, directed by Takashi Miike (Japan). On their own, each piece stands as a brilliant example of horror mastery, but together they are totally disturbing.
Dumplings involves a woman's downward spiral into depravity for the promise of youth and beauty. Her marriage is failing, her looks are fading, and all she can focus on is recapturing what was lost. I won't give away the ending, but let's just say ambrosia comes in dumpling form, though you may never eat again.
Cut blew by me in a whirlwind of thriller style story telling - fast paced, action driven, etc. I love the final scene and will say only enough to entice you to watch...Piano keys, super glue, heavy wires, and psycho maniac.
Box, by far my favorite of the three, kept my eyes glued to the screen the entire time. The scenery was visually stunning. The music - or lack of music - seeped into my soul and stayed there. I got wrapped up in the artistry but never to the point that I forgot the compelling story. This one goes well beyond "horror" movies.
Three...Extremes is 3 out of 3 on horror, story, setting, pace, plot, characters, and so on and so on. It sticks with you and churns around your psyche long after its ended. If you haven't seen this one, hunt it down and watch. You won't be disappointed.

Grade: A+

3 comments :

  1. Sounds interesting, I do love a good horror story now and again. Thanks for the recommendation! I hope you're enjoying your vacation!

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  2. These sound like perfect stormy winter afternoon watches. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. OOH! I'm going to start looking for it today!!

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