Lee Shi-young (Wild Romance) and Eom Ki-joon (The Virus) have a summer horror thriller on the way, and it seems more up my alley as far as horror goes — less chainsaw massacre, more creepy tense murder mystery. The movie is called The Webtoon: Foretold Murder, about a serial killer who copies the murders in a horror webtoon down to every last detail, and the writer who finds herself at the center of the mystery.
Lee Shi-young stars as the popular horror webtoon writer who finds that one day a serial killer has copied her next webtoon murder for murder, before it’s even published. Well that’s creepy. Eom Ki-joon plays the detective on the case, who works with Lee Shi-young to unravel the mystery and find the killer who’s stealing her ideas and using them as a recipe for murder. The movie promises to build a sense of horror and suspense through tension, rather than go for the shock. Sounds great, if they can pull it off.
I don’t know why, but I love copycat murder mysteries. Well, I love murder mysteries to begin with, but the ones where the roadmap exists in a book that the cops then have to follow and puzzle out are extra fun. This one is being helmed by the director of The Red Shoes (the 2005 horror flick starring Kim Hye-soo) and plans to integrate the webtoon’s images into the movie so that the mystery overlaps with the ongoing telling of the story that Lee Shi-young’s character has written. Very cool.
Eom Ki-joon has done his fair share of thrillers, mysteries, and the like (Ghost, The Virus), but Lee Shi-young tends to stay in rom-com-land for the most part, despite her real-life badassery (I’m pretty sure Poseidon doesn’t count, or is better off forgotten). It’ll be good to see her branching out to darker stuff.
The Webtoon hits theaters in June.
Via Hankook Ilbo
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