Reviewed by Adrian Sim
Korean Title: Geomi sup
Director: Song Il-gon
Writing Credits: Song Il-gon
Starring: Kam Woo-seong, Suh Jung, Kang Kyeong-heon, Jang Hyeon-seong
Genre: Mystery thriller
Country: South Korea
Year released: 2004
Runtime: 112 min
After the monotonous Flower Island, Song Il-gon returns with a far more engaging and polished work in the psychological horror, Spider Forest.
Although Spider has a predictable outcome (that I saw through from the beginning) and rather cliched premise, it is still likely to please fans of the nonlinear film (think Mulholland Drive and Memento). But really, it isn't the outcome that matters. More so the intoxicating journey that the may-or-may-not-be-sane protagonist takes.
By embellishing Spider with myths and recurring symbols amidst some seemingly disjointed subplots, Song has crafted a haunting and twisty thriller.
Wisely narrating the story according to the protagonist's skewed perspective, the viewer becomes implicated in the protagonist's increasing hysteria...and this is what makes the film rather disturbing. The few shockingly violent scenes and a creepy soundtrack ups the disturbing quotient.