Metamorphosis (2019) reviews and overview

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Metamorphosis is a 2019 South Korean horror feature film about an evil spirit that infiltrates the family of an exorcist who previously tried to defeat it. The original title is Byeonshin

Directed by Hong-seon Kim, the Dana Creative production stars Sung-Woo Bae, Dong-il Sung and Young-nam Jang.


Joong-Su, an exorcist, must face a demon he tragically failed to defeat in the past when it targets his brother’s family next. The demon assumes the form of different family members to sow confusion and distrust, destroying the unit from within. With his loved ones in peril, Joong-Su must face the demon again, at the risk of his own life…


The movie premiered on 21st August 2019 in South Korea and has been shown in fourteen countries since. The North American premiere of Metamorphosis will be on July 2nd on the Shudder streaming platform.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Overall, Metamorphosis isn’t necessarily a game-changer for the genre, but it brings in enough unique facets to stand out amongst the usual crowd of possession movies. If you’re in need of a slightly off-center horror flick, give it a go.” Allusions of Grandeur

” …despite a few good ideas and a smattering of great moments (all of which are never fully embraced), this was hugely disappointing. The characters are wafer-thin, it’s as predictable as they come, looks weird aesthetically (that awkward digital look), takes pointless detours and for some reason, about 75% of the film is bathed in the most annoying blue light.” Nathan Stuart

“The power of exorcism is shown in the beginning as well as the end, and there is some fine display of creepiness with the neighbour’s house and the talk of the demons. It has blood nicely used, and having the evil entity more powerful than everything has more to be lost in this flick.” Movies of the Soul

Cast and characters:

• Sung-Woo Bae … Joong-soo
• Dong-il Sung … Gang-goo
• Young-nam Jang … Myung-joo
• Hye-Jun Kim … Sun-woo
• Yi-Hyun Cho … Hyun-joo
• Kang-Hoon Kim … Woo-jong
• Jeon Mi Do … Girl’s Mother
• Se-hee Kim … Girl
• Kwi-seon Kim … Father Dean
• Dae-han Ji … Jacob

Filming locations:

• San Agustin Church, Manila, Philippines

Technical details:

• 113 minutes
• Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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