KILLER TOON (2013) Reviews and overview

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‘Spirits never forget’

Killer Toon – original titles: 더 웹툰: 예고살인Deo Web-tun: Yeo-go-sal-in – is a 2013 South Korean supernatural horror film directed by Kim Yong-gyun from a screenplay by co-producer Lee Sang-hak. It stars Lee Si-young, Um Ki-joon and Hyun Woo.

After a series of murders are committed that mimic a famous webtoon, detective Lee Ki-cheol (Um Ki-joon) places the cartoonist Kang Ji-yoon (Lee Si-young) on the list of suspects…


The film was the first South Korean horror film to sell more than one million cinema tickets since Death Bell in 2008.


” …the webcomic gimmick and some slick editing pull it altogether succinctly. The backstory reveals switch our sympathy from the protagonist to the antagonist, the scares are only made more potent. This technique is hardly revolutionary, but it’s very well handled here.” Pierce Conran, Screen Anarchy

” …it did a wonderful job of integrating cartoons into the visual texture of a live-action film, and the plot was twisty in the way a lot of spooky films end up having to be these days. Pretty good, though, for a big-budget creepfest, really.” Gordsellar

“Overall, Killer Toon starts off with a fantastic first half, then fumbles to a decent second half. The first half of the film was so fun and refreshing, it’s disappointing to see the film stumble the way it did. However, despite a handful of flaws with the story, the second half is still serviceable and offers some entertainment and redeeming qualities.” Jonathan S., Korean Movie Reviews

” …the storytelling is a bit slacking at parts but the story itself is actually a pretty good one. It mainly works out because of its originality and creativity, which ensures that this movie never becomes a too predictable one to watch, despite of some formulaic genre ingredients.” Frank Veenstra, Boba_Fett1138

Main cast and characters:

  • Lee Si-young as Kang Ji-yoon
  • Um Ki-joon as Lee Ki-cheol
  • Hyun Woo as Kim Young-soo
  • Moon Ga-young as Jo Seo-hyun
  • Kwon Hae-hyo as Jo Seon-gi
  • Kim Do-young as Seo Mi-sook
  • Kim Hae-eun as Detective Yeo
  • Kim So-yeon as Mi-jin
  • Oh Yoon-hong as Seon-gi’s wife
  • Lee Do-yeob as coroner

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