Following the success of Netflix's The Call last year—which earned Jeon Jong-seo a Best Actress win at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards—Netflix is offering yet another Korean horror movie for us to feast on, and it's not even Halloween yet.
The 8th Night is an occult horror-thriller about a millennia-old spirit who tries to unleash hell on Earth by infiltrating seven weak human humans to assume its full form. It follows the eight-day struggle to stop this from happening. The red and black halves of the dangerous spirit that were sealed in sarira caskets are being rejoined to wreak havoc.
Guardian Park Jin-su (Lee Sung-min), monk Cheong-seok (Nam Da-reum), detectives Kim Ho-tae (Park Hae-joon) and Park Dong-jin (Kim Dong-yeong) and a mysterious girl Ae-ran (KIm Yoo-jung) become embroiled in a battle against the spirit which must not be awakened. Whether you're a horror fan or not, here are five reasons why you'll want to check out the movie.
1. It has a well-developed story
According to director Kim Tae-hyun, "The title has a lot of different meanings. On the surface, it hints at the limited amount of time you get, eight nights. If you put the number eight sideways, it’s the infinite sign and signifies infinite hell".
With the title having multiple meanings, the amount of thought put into the film is apparent. Besides, there will be a lot of twists that you might not be expecting, just like the title. Director Kim also revealed that it took him four years for the first draft and the production stage took about two years, amounting to a total of six years to make the film.
The rich worldview and details incorporated into the film are seen from the introduction as well, using Sanskrit with parts of the film shot in Kazakhstan.
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