THE 8TH NIGHT (2021) Reviews of Korean horror new on Netflix

 

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‘Don’t you dare open your eyes’

The 8th Night is a 2021 South Korean horror film about a monk who hunts down a millennia-old spirit that’s possessing humans and unleashing Hell on Earth.

Written and directed by Kim Tae-hyung, the Gom Pictures/Gogo Studio co-production stars Sung-min Lee, Park Hae-Joon, Kim Yoo-Jeong, Nam Da-Reum, Dong-yeong Kim, Rich Ting and Choi Jin-ho.

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Plot:

Focuses on a life-or-death battle spanning eight days to prevent the breaking of the seal that restrains “That Which Must Not Awaken.” Once awakened, it can cross the stepping stones to wreak havoc on this world…

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Reviews:

“Just don’t expect too much if you’re used to watching South Korean horror movies and thrillers. If you go in with low expectations, I think you’ll have fun with this. Even if it is too slow and a good 15-20 minutes longer than necessary.” Heaven of Horror

” …we are introduced to plot twists and complexities which only makes the story even better. The music score, screenplay and cinematography make The 8th Night one of the best occult-horror films ever made. The acting of every member of the cast is exceptional. The dialogue delivery, the expressions, especially of those possessed by the monster are mindblowing.” Leisure Byte

“The finale, involving more incantations and an elaborate “trap,” is pretty good. And the effects can be chilling in that neck-cracking, beady-eyed grin sort of way. Lee makes a properly grizzled anti-hero for this question. But the exposition-heavy plot and long leaving many of the monstrous attacks off-camera rob The 8th Night of suspense or anything else of interest.” Movie Nation

The 8th Night is beautiful, yet tragic. Conveying suffering at its core, it would be impossible for the viewer not to take something away from this film. Part of this is due to Director Kim’s intelligent script, taking the viewer through twists and turns whilst simultaneously keeping them up to speed as the story unfolds. That and the character development.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“The potential was there for it to be much better than it was, but by stringing out the storyline with repetition and a handful of unnecessary threads, it failed in achieving this. However, by far the biggest issue I took with The 8th Night was that it was so disengaging whilst also absolutely smacking of so many other films.” Ready Steady Cut

“If you’re in the mood for a suspenseful horror, The 8th Night is definitely worth checking out. The story is engaging enough to stick with for the long haul, while the countdown helps to keep things poised on a knife-edge. It’s not without its problems but The 8th Night is easy on the eye nonetheless.” The Review Geek

Release:

The 8th Night streamed on Netflix on July 2nd 2021.

Technical details:

115 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Original title:

Je8ileui Bam

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