Review: Suddenly in the Dark (1981)

If you’re not a fan of female neurosis, and can’t handle 20 minutes of screaming, this is not a flick for you! I’ve been married for almost 14 years so I can handle anything…

blu“SUDDENLY IN THE DARK” (Gipeun bam gabjagi)
South Korea

Director: Go Yeong-nam
Stars: Kim Young-ae, Yoon Il-bong, Lee Ki-seon
Distributor: Mondo Macabro
Runtime: 100 mins

“Believing in evil spirits is a sickness.”


When the husband, who’s been away for a time collecting butterflies, brings home a young girl to be their new housemaid, his wife starts having hallucinations about the girls wooden doll and evil powers.


A brilliant Asian horror from the early 80’s. It’s a nightmarish piece with lot’s of references to both Asian and American horrors. Still it stands perfectly on it’s own. The cinematography is absolutelly stunning. Using a prism and a bottle to good use in the hallucination-scenes. It’s clever, it’s sexy, it’s scary and it’s simple. Note: The butterflies in Greek was the symbol of psyche.


Mondo Macabro has brought on another masterpiece of world cinema. The HD transfer is superb. This is lim.ed. number 400/500. It’s got some interviews, Korean cover cavalcade and an exclusive booklet with essays. Proud to own it.