VOICESLions Gate
2007
R

Based on the best selling comic book series. After witnessing a family member thrown of a balcony by her fiancée on her wedding day and the violent stabbing of her aunt, a young woman comes to realize she may be next in line. She desperately tries to find out why those around her turn on her and why she seems marked for death. Who can she trust – where can she turn for help when it seems everyone is out to get her. If only she can survive the murderous rage of friends and even her own family long enough to uncover the secret.

Voices is a Korean horror movie that asks the question, “What if everyone really is after you?”  In this case, everyone’s out to get you because of some kind of supernatural curse that leaps from one person to another causing them to try and kill you.  I’m sure that’ll do nothing to alleviate your anxiety.

First thing I’d like to point out: Was there a bit of a loss in translation for the American packaging?  I didn’t detect any “voices” causing the actual wackiness.  No big deal, just curious as to the choice of title, there.  And no, I’m not into Manga, which this movie is apparently based around one, so I’m not familiar with the history there, neither do I feel the need to do that kind of research.

I’m also not that big a watcher of Asian horror.  I must admit I was rather ambivalent to watching Voices, only trotting it out due to my project of watching and reviewing all of the After Dark Horror Fest titles.  And really, I rather enjoyed Voices.  There’s the usual “violent curse” aspect found in a lot of supernatural Asian horror, but there’s also topics of personal responsibility, insanity, and letting dark thoughts get ahold of you.

There’s a lot of blood shed in this flick, but also a lot of psychologically freaky moments, making Voices work much more than I was expecting.  There are some giggle-educing moments, mostly from the lighthearted scenes.  And I couldn’t help be cock an eyebrow at the choice of having the lead character – a high school girl – dating a doctor.  And the family doesn’t seem to mind.  I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing about an age discrepancy like that, or what.  Also, this has English subtitles, so those of you who can’t stand reading during a movie, you’ve been warned.

Overall, though, Voices was a good tense and suspenseful with more than enough chills and gore to keep one interested.  Recommended.