Posted by: Peter Hall
I was out of town last weekend when I saw the press release for IFC’s upcoming slate of ‘Midnight’ movies’ and got excited to the point that I was sad I’d have to wait a few more days to spread the word in this here post. I’ll get to why in a minute.
Firstly, if you’re unfamiliar, the Independent Film Channel opened an On-Demand portal a few months ago, debuting films into theaters and homes at the same time. In the beginning most of the titles were, for obvious reasons, Indie dramas. This year, however, they’re branching head first into the orbit of our beloved genre with their Midnight titles, of which they have 30 lined up for 2009. A few will be theatrical pushes, the majority will be available via On-Demand on most cable providers. I’ll break out the heavy title boasting full slate from April through September after this jump, but in the mean time I want to talk about THE CHASER. It is not a horror film, but I place a patent pending HND seal of approval upon it all the same.
Not only is THE CHASER the debut of first time writer/director Hong-jin Na, but it is also my favorite Korean film since 2003’s MEMORIES OF MURDER. Yes, better than THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD. Better than THE HOST. Better than even OLDBOY. I picked up a copy of it when I was in Seoul and wish I’d grabbed six more to give away to friends. I almost don’t want to say word one as to what it is about, but I suppose I’ll simplify how unconventional of a thriller it is by describing it as being about a pimp who gets caught up in the web of a serial killer who has been hiring out and killing off his girls.
It is a phenomenal film. Please go check it out. IFC has it for a few bucks, you won’t regret it.