Talking about horror movies today is complicated. Fans of the genre prefer to live in nostalgia for great titles, like The Exorcist – 87% or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and ignore the achievements of a new style represented by works like The Witch – 91% or The Devil’s Legacy – 96%. In part, the problem is that when various media and critics claim that it is the great movie of the year, the premiere often disappoints the audience. However, this year the same words were spoken to talk about The Medium, directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun, and it seems that this time there is a lot of truth in those opinions.
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Banjong Pisanthanakun It doesn’t have many movies in its history, but the great reference to its work is Shutter, also called Are among us. This 2004 film became a great international success, rare for those years, and helped popularize the horror of the East and, specifically, creations from Korea and Taiwan. Shutter tells the story of a photographer who is haunted by a ghost from his past, and his ending is one of the most appreciated in horror movies. Of course, it didn’t take long for Hollywood to try to make a remake that starred Joshua Jackson and received lousy reviews.
Unlike other titles that end up serving as a reference only to your country, Shutter became a great inspiration for creators around the world, as happened with other works such as Ringu – 97% o A Tale of Two Sisters. Pisanthanakun also worked on The ABCs of Death – 35% where he did the segment “N is for Nuptials” and is now looking to take a new wave with The Medium, which tells the story of a demonic possession.
According to The Korea Times, the first performances of The Medium they upset the invited press a lot. It is said that for a special function, the rooms will have special LED lamps that will prevent the total darkness of the room in an attempt to calm the audience. Some have also asked that the sound be a little lower, hoping that this combination of factors will allow them to finish watching the movie.
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The same source gathers a couple of comments from those who already had the opportunity to see the film:
Terrifying. So scary that I almost cried.
It’s a creepy movie. I was very scared. As I watched her, I kept thinking, what if those scary things did happen in reality?
The Medium not only is it the great return of Banjong Pisanthanakun, it is also a project produced by Na Hong-Jin, director of The Wailing – 99%, with which you apparently have many meeting points. The Wailing It was also very well received by international audiences after its premiere in 2016. The film tells of a father’s journey to save his daughter, who seems to be the victim of a strange disease that turns out to be supernatural in nature. Own Na Hong-Jin admits that his film looks more like a comedy when compared to The Medium.
In Mexico, The Medium It will hit commercial theaters this year, although there is still no confirmed date. Horror fans who have been hearing rumors about this movie for several months are hopeful that it will be released for the Halloween season. It will be then when it is confirmed or not whether it is really the great horror production, as the public is increasingly demanding and difficult to please when we talk about this genre, which also has many other subgenres to offer.
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