A Tale of Two Sisters
Two sisters return home from being in a mental institution to live with their father and awful stepmother.
This movie is just incredible. The interaction between the characters is some of the best I’ve seen, and the cinematography is gorgeous. A lot of work went into creating atmosphere that was all thrown out the window in the US remake The Uninvited (By changing the name, they hoped to fool people into not knowing it was a remake).
The movie mostly revolves around the two sisters, and they try to deal with their stepmother as well as a haunting within their house. It is complex and truly needs your full attention. It also is not built for the ADD crowd, so if you are expecting boo scares every other second, you will be sorely disappointed. This is a film that builds its eerie tension until finally releasing it at its brilliant climax.
This movie has something that is missing from many generic horror films released today, and that is that you actually care about the characters. You go on this journey with them and are heartbroken with the awful things that happen.
I don’t want to say too much because really, this movie needs to be experienced to get the full effect. It is a beautiful, tragic, and an overwhelmingly genuine production. If you have the patience and enjoy Asian cinema like Ringu, Whispering Corridors, and Dark Water, then you will love this.
Do you know if this is available anywhere? Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix? I haven’t heard about it before but it looks interesting
Netflix has it to rent but not to stream. Amazon has it on their PPV but not Prime.
wha doo you think stephen kings it? it scares the crap out of me when i was the age of 8
First half is great, second half is bad.
A few years back Netflix had this available to stream – that’s how I first saw it.
Did you ever see that awful US remake – The Uninvited?
The Uninvited was just awful. Bland, dull, and completely missing everything that made the original so amazing. They overexplained it to death so much that a 2 year old could follow it.
Agreed, The Uninvited was total crap. However, when I first saw it I actually said it wasn’t that bad because the movie I saw before it was much much worse. I was dragged to see The Haunting of Molly Hartley about a week or so before and it is the absolute worst movie I’ve seen (my wife doesn’t pick our movies anymore). On second thought nothing is worse than Dragon Wars.
The Haunting of Molly Hartley is hysterical. It borders on the levels of Wicker Man remake bad. I laughed harder than most comedies.
It must be so bad it’s funny on a whole new level that my simple intellect cannot recognize. I’ll take you word for it. LOL. Although I would like to see you do a review of Dragon Wars it would be a riot! That movie is sooo terrible!
Are you ripping off James Rolfe’s Monster Madness with All Horror October?
Not really. (or intentionally for that matter) James does Monster Madness as an homage to Monstervision. He makes a series of short videos about a theme for horror films every October. (this year is sequels again)
I’m just taking 31 (or however many I have the time to do) horror films from the past decade and recommending them.
I really like this series that you’re doing! As someone that doesn’t watch a lot of movies made in the last decade, I’m making a note of several of these. ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’ is a truly great film, one of my favorites. The soundtrack fits it like a glove.
Thanks! I wanted to do something special for October this year and I’m glad to be turning people on to movies they never heard of.
do you think is fair that stephen king hates the shining by stanley kurick and the first children of the corn film
No, I think he is just upset that someone took his source material and did a better job with it. (The Shining that is)
Watched the film not to long ago been meanin to for a while because I really the other films I’ve seen from the director ( I Saw the Devil & the Good the Bad and the Weird). Totally agree with what you put really tense, well acted and just a beautiful film to look at.
You should check out Kim Jee-Woon’s The Last Stand. A throwback to Arnold action movie greatness!