Series Review: Goedam (2020)

An Anthology of Short, ten minute horror Films.  As always, some will be better than others, but fans of horror of all kinds will find something to like here.

Certificate: 18

Director: Hong Won-Ki

Starring: Lee Hyun-joo, Song Chae-yun, Han Ga-rim, Shim So-young

Genre: Horror

Number of Episodes: 8

Runtime: 10 minutes each

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

A series of short Korean horror films ranging from about 6 minutes to around 15 minutes, tell a series of loosely connected stories that (I think) take place in chronological order.  This series is not for the faint hearted with plenty of blood and gore and a good few shocking moments, if you can’t stomach horror films I would steer well clear of this one.

I don’t even know how I stumbled upon this one on Netflix if I’m honest.  But I thought it looked kind of cool and I am a big fan of Asian horror films and series so I thought I might as well give it a try and it lead me down a path towards the most bizarre hour I have ever experienced.  To begin with it doesn’t seem like these stories are at all connected, but if you pay attention, there are little snippets or clues that they all are taking place around the same time and are all loosely linked.  I didn’t notice this for quite a while, and I had a to read a few other reviews to be really sure, but although they don’t really tell a coherent story, they are connected.

There is a gratuitous use of violence and blood in these short films.  I guess when you don’t have an hour to tell your story, you have to shock the audience as quickly as possible and violence and bloody imagery is one sure fire way of doing that.  Lots of head smashing and eye gouging here.  But this isn’t what makes the episodes creepy.  That is done purely through some great performances, particularly by the younger actors in the series, and the fantastic music that does a great job of ramping up the tension in each scene.

The shoddy make-up and visual effects will take a lot of people out of the action.  They aren’t the best and are quite obvious at some points, but if technicalities like that don’t matter to you, they don’t really to me, then I am sure you will be able to ignore them.

This is a great quick watch, especially now that Spooky Season is beginning to creep up on us.  Fans of horror will love this, otherwise I would advise you to view with caution, parts of this are quite intense.

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