Korean Ghost School Horror in May
Tartan Video have announced the UK DVD release of the Ghost School Quartet collection on 26th May 2008. Priced at £24.99 the set brings together four films from South Korea set in an all-girls’ high school which include Whispering Corridors, Memento Mori, Wishing Stairs and for the first time on Tartan DVD The Voice.
Whispering Corridors - Tartan DVD Review
A past pupil returns to school as a teacher. Befriending two very different students, she triggers a series of increasingly disturbing events. A teacher is found dead, and more deaths follow. Events of the past are now taken possession of the present. Director Park Ki-Hyung has created a unforgettable horror story as well as managing to criticise Korea’s education system, making it the country’s third most-successful horror film.
Memento Mori - Tartan DVD Review
When Min-Ah discovers secret shared diary written by two students at the all-girls’ school, she finds it a compelling read. She becomes obsessed with the page-turning accounts of a secret romance between the two girls, but when one of the students is found dead, a new terror seeps through the school. Was it suicide or something more sinister? And what is the true meaning of the words written in the diary, ‘memento mori’ (remember the dead’). Atmospherically directed by Kim Tae-Yong and Min Kyu-Dong, its lesbian overtones created controversial ripples in Korea.
DVD extras include: ‘making of’ featurette; music DVD.
Wishing Stairs - Tartan DVD Review
There’s a legend which claims that if you count aloud 28 steps to the school dormitory, a 29th stair appears and a spirit will grant you a wish. That can bring good fortune if you are honourable. In a school full of rivalry and jealousy, those moods are often vicious. Jin-sung hopes to win a vital scholarship to ballet school, but when a rival wins, it’s time to seek out the spirit. But be careful what you wish for. Directed by first-timer Yoon Jae-Yeon, it’s Korea’s fifth highest-grossing horror film.
DVD extras include: 4 ‘making of’ featurettes
Whilst practicing her singing at school after hours, Young-uhn is attacked by an unseen supernatural force. When she wakes from her trance, she discovers she’s dead and her spirit is confined to the school grounds. Whilst he best friend can’t see her, she can hear her voice and with the help of another psychic pupil, they attempt to discover the cause of the mysterious goings-on. Director Choe Ik-Hwan , who also worked on Whispering Corridors, explores the fears of the afterlife from the ghost’s point of view. Who says your schooldays won’t haunt you forever?
The first three titles offer the same content as the individual releases, which present them in anamorphic widescreen with Korean DD2.0, DD5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround audio. The Voice, only available as part of this collection, is presented in anamorphic widescreen with Korean DD2.0 and DD5.1 Surround audio. English subtitles are of course included on all titles.