Mourning Grave (2014)
Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Oh In-chun
Producer: Lee Jong-ho, Ju Seong-ho, et. al.
Date Released: July 3, 2014
Kang Ha-neul as Kang In-soo
Kim So-eun as Jung Se-hee (Ghost girl)
Kim Jung-tae as Seon-il
Han Hye-rin as Park Hyun-ji
Park Doo-shik as Lee Hae-chul
Joo Min-ha as Yoon Na-ra
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contains some spoilers***
Kang In-soo was always able to see and speak to ghosts. After transferring to a new school, he begins to see a ghost who he becomes acquainted with. Meanwhile, students are disappearing around In-soo’s new school as there is a ghost roaming the premises. In-soo must try to identify this mystery ghost and prevent more students from getting hurt.
There are some bloody scenes towards the end of the film. Most of the film does not incorporate any blood or gore. However, for the scenes that do incorporate blood and gore, they are done well and in moderation.
The Grave Review
Mourning Grave is a Korean-based film that combines subtle bits of romance with more traditional paranormal horror elements. As such, the plot is a combination of two stories which ultimately becomes connected at the end of the film but leaves the viewer wanting more. In the first half of the film, In-soo and the ghost girl form a bond with each other and develop feelings for one another. The second half of the film is focused on the ghost girl’s past (who we later discover is actually Se-hee) and why she is seeking revenge on the classmates that bullied her. But when the story is tied together, there are twists which unfortunately did not feel impactful and somewhat empty. The ending of the film also felt tiresome that ended with a jump scare as if the creators were not sure how to end the film.
This is a film that would have been better as a romantic horror story rather than an every day paranormal story. There were two relationships in this film which were enticing and at times humorous. During the film, In-soo starts to live with his uncle, Seon-il, who can also can see ghosts. While In-soo and the ghost girl are developing their feelings towards one another, Seon-il is developing his own relationship with an aggressive and playful ghost. The interactions of both relationships are both adorable and heart-warming.
In respect to the performances, all of the actors performed well within their roles. In addition, the pace of the film was well-done and the story progressed appropriately. Overall, Mourning Grave is worth a watch, but the story, itself, took on multiple directions and as such was not able to create a fulfilling story line.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Mourning Grave (2014) three graves out of five graves.
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