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Parents' Guide to

The 8th Night

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence and demonic imagery in Korean horror movie.

Movie NR 2021 115 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Excellent Legend Type Movie

I have 35 minutes left in this Film. The actors are ALL Perfect for the parts they are playing. Pay attention to the introduction, if you do not quite understand d rewind and start again. The first 6 minutes explains how this Legend Progresses in the 8 days. If you do not grasp this first few minutes,, then you will not like the Film. I adore Korean Movies, Not the usual graphic death scenes. So for a 12 th grader on up,I would say this Movie is Best for. To each his own, I want children to remain as innocent as possible they see way too many ugliness already. I recommend this Movie if you like a slow-burn type Movie I give this Movie 4 stars, I think it could have made it's mark in 90 minutes instead of 2 hours.

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This movie is derivative at times, original at other times. The 8th Night is a Korean horror movie combining The Exorcist's story of demonic possession with The Conjuring's creepy zombie neck jolts, all filtered through a Buddhist lens. There are prophecies fulfilled, demons unleashed, skeptical cops, sage monks. It can be hard to follow at times, with its dual narratives of the monks in pursuit of the demon on one side, and a detective in pursuit of a murderer that he's disinclined to believe has demonic powers, but it mostly stays on track, and it's enough to know that once a certain number of humans are possessed within a certain timeframe (the title is a not-so-subtle hint in that regard), the Earth becomes a hellscape.

What's most surprising about The 8th Night is its occasional flashes of humor. Mystical movies like these tend to make M. Night Shamalayan movies look like Jerry Lewis slapstick, but there are actually some laugh-out-loud moments. For instance, not to spoil anything, but the detective says something hilarious while on a bloody crime scene and asked about the victim's "current occupation." The movie also makes full use of the "opposite character" trope, between the young and naive monk who has just been freed from both the monastery and his vow of silence and the middle-aged beaten-down-by-life monk trying to move on from his past. These are moments of refreshing levity in a genre that's usually so dour and dreary in themes, dialogue, and even the movie's colors. That said, the originality is, more often than not, overshadowed by horror tropes we've all seen so many times before.

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