Starting from the 16th February, Korean Film Nights begins the first in three mini-seasons that comprise of a year long screening programme. Each season will showcase six films, many of which are being screened for the first time in the UK.
I am delighted to have had the opportunity to curate the first mini-season: ‘Chills and Thrills: Korean Horror Cinema.’ In 2016, South Korean Horror Cinema went global with the critical and commercial success of The Wailing (Na Hong-jin), Train to Busan ( Yeon Sang-ho) and The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook). With this mini-season, I wanted to showcase the breadth and depth of South Korean horror. As such, the films chosen act as a primer for both genre enthusiasts and cinephiles. From a desperate mother whose loss of her daughter is unbearable and can only be assuaged by killing those responsible, to a pair of high-end shoes whose surface beauty hides a deadly secret, a suicide pact between young high-school girls which is not quite what it seems, a sadistic serial killer who forces his victim to tell him scary stories, a young boy whose life is blighted by the fact that he can see ghosts , and an adolescent girl whose life is brutally cut short, these films show the rich tapestry of K-horror. Each film will have an introduction. Film critic Anton Bitel will be introducing Mourning Grave and Horror Stories.
The programme is as follows:
16th February: Princess Aurora (Pang Eun-jin: 2005)
23rd February: The Red Shoes (Kim Yong-gyun: 2005)
2nd March: A Blood Pledge (Lee Jong-yong: 2009)
9th March: Horror Stories (Kim Gok et al: 2012)
16th March: Mourning Grave (Oh In-chun: 2014)
23rd March: Fatal Intuition (Yun Jun-hyeong: 2015)
There will also be additional screenings in the Echoes programme including a screening at Deptford Cinema on Saturday 25th February 2017.
In addition, I will be giving a talk on ‘School Horror’ at New Malden Library on the 21st of February between 6pm and 7pm. Tickets are free and can be booked at the following link: Talk at New Malden Library