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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Movie: The Cat: Two Eyes that See Death (2011)

The Cat: Two Eyes that See Death (2011) is South Korea's latest horror flick.

Synopsis: So-yeon (Park Min-yeong) suffers from claustrophobia due to a childhood trauma. She now works as a groomer at a pet shop. One day, one of So-yeon's customers dies mysteriously in an elevator, leaving her white cat called Bidanyi behind. So-yeon is tasked to take care of the cat while the police officers continue to investigate the cause of death.

Strange things soon happen from the day she brings Bidanyi home. She starts having nightmares and is constantly haunted by a little girl. Not only so, people around her begin to die and their deaths are related to cats. Terrified that she could be the next victim, So-yeon sets out to find out the truth. She soon faces the little girl and a tragic incident that took place in the past.

To be honest, some of us do harbor some secret fear our feline pals. They look cute and demure, no doubt. But sometimes, there seems to be some kind of pure evil emanating from these sleek furry felines. This movie somehow makes things worse. Cats are supposed to be playmates but if they bring death with them, they don't look so cute anymore.

Anyway, back to the movie. This movie is another perfect example of mainstream Korean horror flicks - a pretty damsel in distress, a vengeful child ghost, an abandoned building, dark corners, evil "object" (in this case, cats). Mix these together and you get a pretty standard horror flick.

The acting is so-so, nothing much to shout about. Park Min-yeong pulls some good almost-scared-to-death facial expressions that save the movie from boring the audience to death. Some CGI is involved, especially those scenes with lots and lots of cats crawling and snarling.

Oh, and at the end of the movie, before the credits roll, there's a disclaimer that states no cats are harmed during the making of the movie.

This is not a movie for hardcore horror fans. If you've a soft spot for felines and low tolerance towards evil and horror, you might want to watch this movie.

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