Friday, April 26, 2013

Film Review: A Blood Pledge (2009)

A Blood Pledge (Review)
South Korea/2009
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

Eon-Joo jumps off a building in an all-girls high school. So-Hee, Yoo-jin, and Joo-yeon are questioned about the incident as they were supposed to meet Eon-Joo that night, but were running late. The truth is: they all had a blood pledge to commit suicide together. Rumors of foul play begin to develop, and the three surviving girls begin to experience a disturbing haunting.

The story is very simple and easy to follow; the simplest and easiest in the entire series, in fact. The story starts off with a vivid suicide. The rumors begin to spread, while Yoo-jin and Joo-yeon try to hide the truth. Conversely, So-Hee suffers from the loss of a close friend, yet she's accused of foul play. I often asked: What really happened that night? The mystery, the horror, and the drama all lead up to a chilling yet bittersweet ending. The horror elements in this film are very blatant - it's not subtle or atmospheric horror. A Blood Pledge uses some violence, plenty of jump-scares, and a blood-drenched ghost to deliver the scares. I like the fact that the ghost is used so strongly and consistently, definitely a welcomed change in the formula; I really liked the shots from the top of the schools, particularly the students standing on high ledges, which made me a bit anxious. I do, however, miss the dense, terrifying atmosphere of the past entries. The haunting simply doesn't feel like an authentic haunting in this story.

The acting was great from the entire cast. Once again, it genuinely feels like a school, and the actors authentically play students. This is the bloodiest entry in the series (bloody clothing, bloody eyes, etc.) The special effects are well-done - from the makeup to the suicides. Cinematography was solid, exceptional during a few scenes. The music was great, often implementing a haunting piano. The film also had a fast, consistent pace and a short runtime making this an efficient time-killer.

Overall, A Blood Pledge is the purest horror film in the Whispering Corridors. It uses some light drama elements and some effective jump-scares and tension to create a frightening experience. It's a great way to kill a night, especially if you're a fan of Asian horror. I recommend a purchase for fans of the genre or the series, a rental otherwise.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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