Posted by: Peter Hall
I learned two things about Seoul today. One is that the Korean economy is on such a dire spiral that ceiling high separation gates are being installed on subway platforms to curb the rising number of businessmen throwing themselves in front of trains. The second is that it is damn near impossible to buy a legal DVD in a store. The first item has nothing to do with the second or the ultimate trajectory of this musing. I just found it surreal.
One of the things I wanted to do while in Seoul was prowl a DVD store and bring back an entire catalog of interesting looking unknown quantities. Turns out the only way to purchase a movie in the city is by literally browsing a catalog of ink-jet printed DVD jackets at a road side booth. It was about $7 for 4 movies so I fingered THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD, two titles recommended by the guy I was with whose English titles I know not, and then THE TRUCK, which judging by its DVD cover looked like a movie about either a possessed truck or truck driving killer. It turned out to be neither. It’s actually only barely a decent watch, to be honest. All the same, I want to talk about it for a few reasons.
For starters, with no discernible link on the IMDb and shy mentions on Twitch, English language info on the flick is hard to come by and since it isn’t that good anyway, expect little else to emerge. For closers, I want THE TRUCK to be remade Stateside. I want it remade in a bad way. I want it remade in an impossible way. I want it remade twenty years ago when Eric Red was tied to a different world than he is now. I want to re-write it, slide it into a time machine and have Kathryn Bigelow direct it. I don’t want to remember this pussyfooted Korean film, I want to remember a hard boiled, odd-ball bit of ’80s road horror. THE TRUCK is begging to be remembered that way.
Spoilers incoming. Well, spoilers for a movie you’re never going to see, so who cares.