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Death Bell (2008)

Gosa (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 6 August 2008 (South Korea)
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Advanced students who take a special class are being tortured by their class rank.

Director:

Hong-Seung Yoon (as Chang)

Writers:

Hong-Seung Yoon (screenplay) (as Chang), Eun-Kyeong Kim (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
In-sook Choi In-sook Choi
Da-Geon Da-Geon ... Yoon Soo-Jin
Hahm Eun-Jung ... Kim Ji-Won (as Eun-jeong Ham)
Sung Jin Sung Jin ... Bak Woo-Ram
Yi-seul Kang Yi-seul Kang
Bum Kim ... Kang Hyun
So-hie Kim So-hie Kim
Jeong-hwan Kong Jeong-hwan Kong ... Lee Chi-Young
Hyun-Sang Kwon Hyun-Sang Kwon ... Jae Wook
Beom-su Lee Beom-su Lee ... Chang-wook Hwang
Do-hyeoni Lee Do-hyeoni Lee
Ban-ya Mun Ban-ya Mun ... Gimg Yeong-Jin
Gyu-ri Nam ... I-na Kang
Yeo-Eun Son Yeo-Eun Son
Jiwon Yang Jiwon Yang ... Min Hye-Young
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Storyline

At an exclusive high school in Seoul, examination marks matter and so do parents' social status. To prepare for a visit from students from England, two popular teachers, Mr. Kim and Ms. Choi, gather top pupils for a Saturday study session. Things go awry: one by one, students disappear, dying in grisly ways, sometimes in view of the others via closed circuit TV. A voice on the P.A. system warns of death if anyone tries to leave. The voice also asks questions, and Mr. Kim leads the students in trying to solve them, hoping to save a student. Will the ordeal come to an end, and is the cause rational or supernatural? What's the pattern? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

6 August 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Bell See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,512,698
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Production Co:

Mirovision See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the washing machine scene, the crew would purposely put actress Yoon Jung-hee re-enacting a random drama scene or telling her a made-up emotional story to make her shed tears in the front of the camera, since for the first several takes they did not get the reaction they wanted. Hence, the emotion captured on camera was real. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the beginning of the credits, Jiwon's parents are seen eating ramen noodles and talking as if it is a normal occasion, with Hyeyoung's corpse in the fish tank full of water in the background. See more »

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Followed by Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp (2010) See more »

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Slasher that doesn't quite cut it
21 July 2010 | by vainbloodSee all my reviews

This is supposed to be a horror movie but it's not really scary. It has some suspense however which can make it worth watching and it's more like a gory slasher similar to "Scream" than a ghost story. Having said that I'm not excluding any ghostly presence in the movie. It's simply up to you to find out. The actors are good, at least the main characters but the rest is just average.

The big disappointment comes later in the movie when the director is trying to tie everything together. The script just fails to make a trustworthy impression and you are suddenly very aware that you are only watching a movie when the characters starts behaving in weird ways and doesn't act at all how you would expect them to in their current situation.

Unexpected events are good in horror movies but not in this case, where it's only confusing but like I said in the beginning, the suspense is there so it's not really a bad movie.


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