REVIEW BY JASMINE MARTINEZ
The House of the Disappeared is a Korean film starring Lost star Kim Yunjin. It’s a story about a family who lives in a house that turns out to be haunted. Her husband is murdered and her son disappears. Mi-Hee being the only survivor, is blamed and sent to prison. After her 25-year sentence she comes out to try and find her son.
I really enjoyed how the they laid out the film and had both flashbacks and present mixed throughout. While I do feel House of the Disappeared could’ve been more creepy, it did have some intense scenes. With this in mind, I’m not sure I would label this one as pure horror, because it also intertwines drama - and it’s actually pretty devastating drama to boot.
One of the film’s biggest flaws is Kim Yunjin as an old woman. It feel like all they did was put a wig on her and dye her eyebrows grey and for some reason gave her really dead grey lips. Her elderly look just wasn’t that convincing plus the fact that she whispered instead of talked made it even worse. Despite that, she still does a great performance with her acting and her facial expressions are out of this world.
Like most Korean films the cinematography and camerawork are on point and the music is very atmospheric. Not only does this film have a good story it’s also very emotional. If you like your horror with a side of drama then this is the film for you. Even though it has its flaws, don’t miss out on this little gem.