Trailer: South Korean Apartment Thriller, “HIDE AND SEEK”Movies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
RAM Releasing, a new genre-focused (one of us!) offshoot of independent and arthouse distributor Film Movement, will launch its premiere title this month, a horror film out of South Korea about the eerie nature of apartment living. Nevermind who’s living next door? Who’s in your home?
From filmmaker Jung Huh, HIDE AND SEEK centers on Sung-soo (Son Hyun Ju, SECRETLY GREATLY), a man who has everything: “a beautiful wife and children, a comfortable home and luxury car, and plenty of money in the bank. When he learns that his estranged brother has gone missing, he visits his apartment in search of answers. Unsettled by the shabby, half-empty apartment complex, he quickly notices strange symbols inscribed under the doorbells and the terrified residents who hurriedly lock their doors at the sight of an outsider. The disturbing visit follows Sung-soo and his family home, as they soon find themselves stalked by a mysterious masked figure, and the same strange symbols appear under their doorbell. With his own nightmares escalating out of control, Sung-soo must face his most primal fears to reveal the shocking truth behind the intensifying horror.”
While I initially misunderstood and thought HIDE AND SEEK was about squatters in the walls (and freaked out), the film’s seeming genre take on never being alone is still a shuddery one. HIDE AND SEEK is On Demand January 15, and on DVD, as well as Netflix Instant and Amazon, April 8. For more on RAM, which has Dutch film APP and Kim Ki-duk’s outrageous MOEBIUS on its upcoming slate, head to the official site.