Thursday, July 11, 2013

362. Hanyeo

The Housemaid
Directed by Kim Ki-Young

Okay, I don't know if it is the mood I have been in (I have been a bit apathetic since my surgery) or we are just in a streak of crappy films, but I have really been hating these movies lately.  Consequently, I have not wanted to write reviews as much, seeing as how I am pretty much trashing every film I see.  However, we are going to brave this slump, and hopefully, it will end soon.

The Housemaid, like many crazy bitch movies, begins with a mutual attraction between a straitlaced piano player and his creepy maid.  Eventually, she completely loses her mind and makes his life a living hell.

When I was watching this film, though, I felt as if everyone had gone crazy.  Not a single person was having a normal reaction to what was going on.  In one scene, the wife and husband are sitting in the room with their new baby.  The maid comes in and starts moving toward the infant, saying that their baby should die.  Neither parent makes an effort to shield the baby.  Now, I am not a mom, but I have met quite a few and I am pretty sure that woman would have been tackled before she got to the crib.  Additionally, no effort is made to get rid of the crazy girl.  Everyone seems to think that although she is trying to kill their family, there is no reason why they should try to make her leave the house.  I am sorry, what?

And then there is the ending, when the husband speaks directly into the camera.  It not only seemed hokey but unnecessary and jarring.

The premise of this movie suggests a fun horror film but unfortunately this movie was just plain stupid.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Remade in 2010.


  1. There are moments that actually works here, but they are moments only. The overall storyline is just too stupid.

    1. Yeah the "crazy bitch from hell who won't leave a family man alone" is a weird genre. I guess it's meant to discourage men from cheating?

  2. The three jarring things about this movie to me are:
    - Why the family are so afraid to kick her out
    - The seemingly outdated gender politics which infuse the whole film
    - The premise being even sillier than it needs to be
    But in Korean culture the first two really aren't so strange and in east-Asian cinema the third isn't either.

    Overall I quite enjoyed it