Friday, March 15, 2024

EXHUMA (2024) Starts today in Los Angeles before opening around the country

Try to go into EXHUMA knowing as little as possible. I say that because you really don't want to have any idea where this is going...because it's one hell of a ride.

The plot of the film involves a rich family trying to lift the curse on their new born child. It is believed that one of their relatives was unhappy and taking it out on the baby. This leads to attempting to figure out which one and perform a ritual... To say it doesn't go as expected is an understatement. Never mess with the wrong grave.

Pretty much from the first frame to the last EXHUMA exudes an oppressive tone. I was a good chunk of the way in and not much had really happened but I wanted to get away and not see what happens. I mean all we had was bunch of great actors (Choi Min-sik among them) telling us spooky stuff and I was hopelessly lost in fear.

All hail writer director Jae-hyun Jang who thanks to this and the classic film THE PRIESTS should be getting sainthood in the pantheon of horror. I don't know how he does it but he has managed to make two films which reinvigorate and renovate the supernatural/ folk horror subgenre.  In an age of jump scares and over used horror properties Jang is carving out new roads and new ways to scare his audience shitless. And it isn't a matter of it being something about setting his horror in an alien setting, Priests was set in a Catholic (Western) mileau, while a lot of EXHUMA is set in modern "glass towers". I love what he has done and I want to see what is coming next.

I was frightened. I was really bothered. And when I was done I had to go out and walk around in the daylight for awhile.

I'm not going to say any more because I'm not going to ruin it for you. I'm going to let you discover the evil lurking here and get splattered by the blood of dead things.

Highly recommended 

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