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Hide and Never Seek (2016) – Movie Review

Hide and Never Seek (2016) - Movie Review

I first got introduced to this movie about six months ago but it was one of those Found Footage experiences that liked to keep itself hidden online. It’s a South Korean horror offering from director Doo-Hwan Lee and it’s not really made that many waves, due to it only really being available on Asian movie streaming sites.

The first copy I came across seemed to be the only copy online, on one of these Asian sites, but the video player was one of the worst I’ve come across – buffering every 50 seconds or so.

I’m pleased to report that it’s now up on a number of Asian streaming sites, with decent media players behind it.

The Plot

A broadcaster of live horror themed streams receives a video which contains a female high school student disappearing right after she was calling a ghost while playing hide and (go) seek alone. He then goes to investigate.

Asian Overacting

The sub-heading above does sound a little bit rude, but it’s a pet hate of mine that has shone through just about every decent Asian horror movie I have ever sat through – the overacting bug.

Now, it’s more or less likely to be the fact that the mannerisms are lost in translation with me – I don’t speak Korean and I don’t understand a single word of it.

But to be fair – this was the ONLY downside to the movie that hit me as I sat through it. The subtitles were clean, and well put together (no mad grammar mistakes that seem to pop up on certain foreign films these days!), and they didn’t detract much from the overall experience.

Conclusion

I know that a lot of movie fans hate experiencing a film that has subtitles, but more often than not, they really are missing out on a decent horror experience.

It was the same with the REC movies – certain people were happy to avoid them THEN sit through the American version Quarantine…which is really weird to me!

I opted to never include Quarantine on this site because it is basically the Spanish film, with the bird off Dexter!

It ended up kinda reminding me how thick some westerners are!

If you do decide to pass up on this movie due to the subtitle angle, you will be missing out on an interesting plot, some genuinely creepy moments and some quite impressive special effects…

That’s a bit of a shame really – isn’t it?

Besides – the lead character does a pretty awesome ‘celebration dance’ near the start of the film that is worth the ticket price alone (had me rolling about laughing!).

The film is a strong Found Footage project – a thoughtful and interesting plot (that swings one way, then the other), good cinematography, a high attention to detail and some decent ‘climax CGI’.

To be blunt – Found Footage freaks will like it, regular ‘film critics’ on IMDb (or ‘cocksuckers’ as I prefer to call them) will hate it flat out…

But isn’t this always the case with new and interesting indie Found Footage films?

Well worth a watch in my book – just make sure you search around for one that has a decent media player online (‘cos that buffering was seriously irritating!).

Chris

2 Comments

  1. I absolutely loved this film, the main character had such charisma and style, and it was intense for a comedy.

    • Yeah I took to it as well Matt, although I didn’t realise it was a comedy….
      (I must be getting old!) 🙂

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