Written by Alicia Glass
Review Rating: 8
A murderous curse terrorizes the various branches of a Korean girls family tree.
Probably the best Horrorfest film I’ve seen so far hands down, Voices is a smart gripping ride that grabs your attention in the very first scene and refuses to let go! Similar to The Grudge in basic plot structure, as in a curse of jealousy or sheer anger takes on a life of its own and begins killing people, Voices is yet another asian horror flick that doesn’t come right out and tell you the reasons behind the killings, but almost seems to encourage you to figure it out for yourself. K-Horror, that is Korean Horror, has come a long way and is certainly these days giving J Horror a run for its money.
Ga-In, the main character whom most of the killing centers around, is terrified that the curse is going to come after her next. After a horrific wedding where the groom shoves his bride off the balcony railing, a murder attempt from a teacher and a supposed chance encounter with a student who warns Ga-In to “trust no-one, not even yourself”, the movie manages to keep the same pace even while parceling out bits of explanatory plot. After her own mother attempts to murder her, Ga-In takes a trip out to the middle of nowhere to talk with an old man who tells her a chilling story of a newlywed husband who, after getting dropped subtle hints that his wife was cheating on him, one day shoves his wife out into an oncoming bus in a fit of pique. And when Ga-In returns home to try and weather the curse, the culminating scenes where she learns who the real murderer is and why will blow your mind!
Voices doesn’t rely a whole lot on buckets of fake blood, shocks of monster proportions, or the traditional asian boogey-girl with the dead white skin and stringy black hair. Rather, Voices focuses on the sheer fright of watching your loved ones faces contort into rage as they brandish a knife at you and scream, “Die!”
Like A Tale of Two Sisters, Voices is a gem of Korean Horror and not one to miss!