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Review: Redeu-Ai (Redeye)
by steelcorpfilms (steelcorpfilms)
at October 4th, 2007 (05:13 am)
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Redeye
-2005

Reviewer: Indy McDaniel
Rating: 6
Director: Kim Dong-bin
Writer: Lee Yong-yeon
Seong Gi-young
Cast: Shin-yeong Jang
Ji-min Kwak
Dong-kyu Lee
Hye-na Kim
Eol Lee
Run Time: 98 minutes
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Date Reviewed: October 4th, 2007

Plot: When a new stewardess joins the night shift crew of the train, she finds that some seemingly paranormal events occur during the train's night run. As the film continues, we see that the train has more hidden secrets, and it is suggested that these mysterious events are related to the crash of the same train several years ago. The "haunted" train eventually becomes a living thing and begins to claim victims.

Comments: Haunted trains aren't really a common thing. Usually, it's houses or hospitals or even prisons, but trains really don't seem to be high up on the potentially haunted locations list. Still, trains do seem to have a certain odd creepiness about them. Maybe it's the narrow corridors, or the fact that you really have no control over your means of travel, or maybe its the rackety-rack of the train running over the tracks. Maybe a mixture of all that, not really sure. Either way, trains are effective horror locales that seem to be pretty underutilized. Redeye actually manages to use the location pretty effectively to come up with a pretty interesting ghost story.

Things move along at a moderate pace, never getting so slow that it gets boring, but not moving so fast that stuff gets confusing. The explanations of what's going on are scattered along the movie, so some of the stuff is pretty easy to figure out, while others aren't fully explained until the end. There's a fair amount of the traditional Asian ghost tricks, and a few of them are pretty creepy, although something seems a bit off about it. The jerky ghost movements, which are usually really unnatural and unnerving, at times seem like just poor re-creations of other movies' jerky ghost movements. Still, it looks kinda cool, it just doesn't achieve the same level of spookyness.

The special effects are mainly limited to interesting camera tricks and visual effects as opposed to blood and guts. There's really not much gore or even onscreen violence in the movie at all. Still, it does manage to get up some level of intensity in the killer ghost scenes. Unlike most Asian ghost stories, not all of the ghosts are evil in this movie. The ones that are seem to be a mixed batch. Some actually have some genuine reasons why they're doing what they're doing while another just seems to be the stereotypical pissed off ghost. The passengers and train workers are, for the most part, interesting, with their one little quirks and subplots, although there are a few that weren't really explained all that well.

Towards the end of the movie, as more things are discovered and explained, the pacing picks up but the scares pretty much disappear. Once everything becomes clear, it's pretty much wait and see how everything wraps up. The ending isn't bad, though. In fact, it's actually pretty grim. Things seem to come full circle and just because the issues of one set of ghosts have been resolved, doesn't mean the train is any less haunted.

Overall: Not a bad Korean ghost story. Certainly better then the other movie by the same name that happened to come out the same year as this. Worth checking out.

Comments

Posted by: jeustr (jeustr)
Posted at: October 4th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)

is it dubbed or subtitled?
and haunted trains, though not as often portrayed in the movies presently, were big time in the folk lore before people stopped useing them as frequently. i can think of two other movies where haunted trains cme into play, but only the title to one right now. ghostbusters, lol. but the other was more serious. wish i could recall the name now. oh yeah, there's even one in an episode of thomas the tank engine too. lol.

Posted by: steelcorpfilms (steelcorpfilms)
Posted at: October 4th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)

The version I saw was subbed.

Yea, I know I've seen a few other horror movies based on trains. I think there's actually two totally different movies called Terror Train (one being older with (I think) Karloff) and an 80's slasher one with Jamie Lee Curtis. The Curtis one might go by a different name, it's been years since I saw it, but I could've swore it was something like that.

Still though, it'd be nice to see some more train related horror flicks. Although, we're getting Barker's Midnight Meat Train soon, so that's somethin.

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