Mourning Grave borrows too much from the Japanese Horror wave of the late 90s and early 2000s – without giving back anything original – to be taken as anything but a dull knock off.
In-Su (Kang Ha-neul) has the ability to see ghosts and it has never been a problem. He decides to move home, and ghosts are lingering around as he tries to get settled in his new school. He finally makes a connection with a girl, but she’s also a ghost. Around the same time he notices that a mysterious masked ghost is haunting his fellow students. He feels compelled to step up and investigate once the haunted classmates start disappearing.
It’s a watered down version of Ringu or Ju-On by way of a self-serious version of The Frighteners. There are some interesting little twists and turns, but the film plays those fleeting original so subtly that it barely even registers beneath the clichéd story beats and one note characters.
It’s the Korean equivalent of every unoriginal American horror knock off from the 90s and 2000s. (Dave Voigt)
Saturday, November 8th, 9:15pm, Royal Cinema