Now that I’m feeling a bit more frisky after last week’s bout with the stomach flu, it’s finally time for another review, and this time out it’s 2011’s Korean Ghost story, “Ghastly”, recently released on the Korean Region 3 disc. Originally listed most places as being without subtitles… **GASP!!**… I was lucky enough to find out this was wrong. It does indeed come with the usual perfect English subtitles I expect with a Korean release. Yay!! The rest? Well… Neko’s not gonna miss herself an Asian Ghost story…. no way.
Our synopsis? Try this out: “Ghastly” begins when Ka-hee (Hwang Ji-hyeon), an emotionally and psychologically damaged woman, finds a spirit medium to help her address her troubles. Her inability to give birth to a child had long tortured her, and now she will do anything to cheat that fate.
She ends up burying an orphan in a large traditional pot used to bury kimchi underground during the winter and killing him. What she gains for this merciless act is a child of her own. Ka-hee eventually gives birth to a son she names Bin, but Ka-hee soon meets a brutal death at the hands of the vengeful spirit of the murdered child.
Soon after the tragedy, Bin’s aunt Seo-Ni (Han Eun-jeong) and her husband Jang-hwan (Park Seong-min) come to live with the now orphaned Bin in his home, which is haunted and where the pot still is. Bin also starts to reveal his violent side. Is he the innocent child he seems? Or is he merely the vessel for a supernatural Grudge that lasts beyond death itself?”
Ghosts are always scary… and you know this wee Catgirl likes her Ghost stories. I do…. I really, really do!! So, with my lil’ fingers crossed for luck, I’m hoping the Koreans score well here and give me all the chills I’ve been wanting in a ghost story but somehow haven’t quite been able to find lately. Think maybe it might be the sort of eerie story you might like? Why then just “Read On” and we’ll find out together, shall we? 🙂