When a young woman takes a teaching job at her old school
she finds that the past and present have become inextricably
intertwined. Ji-oh is a female pupil who can psychically contact
the spirits but is not the brightest bulb on the Christmas
tree, so to speak. She is the subject of regular violence
from a male teacher, and this shadows an event which took
place seven years earlier when the new teacher's best friend,
Jin-ju died after being locked in an old storeroom by a female
teacher. Now that teacher is found hanging from the building.
What was initially thought to be a suicide turns out to be
something much more sinister. The new teacher discovers that
Jin-ju's photo appears in two yearbooks. Could the dead girl
still be attending class...?
has the potential to be something a lot better than it actually
is. However, the fact is there's no distinction between past
and present scenes, and it gets so messed-up and confusing
that I don't even know if I've got the synopsis right. There
isn't enough tension built during the main moments; much of
the film is pure dialogue, and there's only one graphic horror
scene which comes well before the conclusion. Even the occasional
Exorcist-like bit of piano music can't lift a scene
which has little substance.
trailer says, "Discover the film that started the Asian horror
explosion." If this is true, I can't imagine this one starting
a conversation, let alone a horror explosion. As a fan of
East Asian horror I so much wanted to enjoy this film, but
such is the high standard of previous releases to judge it
by that Whispering Corridors is nowhere near worthy
of being compared with The
Ring. Ju-on: The Grudge, Dark Water,
or even the lower standard but still good Shadow
of the Wraith.
I'm making this film sound like its not worthy of consideration.
That's not true. It's not by any means a bad film, but anyone
wanting to be introduced into the creepy world of Asian horror
should avoid this and pickup one of those examples mentioned