Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp

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Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp
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Hangul :
Hanja 째 이야기:
Revised Romanization Gosa dubeonjjae iyagi : Gyosaengsilseup
McCune–Reischauer Kosa tupŏntchae iyagi : Kyosaengsilsŭp
Directed by Yoo Sun-dong
Produced by Kim Gwang-su
Written by Park Hye-min, Lee Jeong-hwa, Lee Gong-ju
Starring Park Ji-yeon
Yoon Shi-yoon
Hwang Jung-eum
Kim Suro
Park Eun-bin
Yoon Seung-ah
Son Ho-jun
Music by Kim Woo-geun
Cinematography Choi Yeong-taek
Edited by Choi Min-yeong
Lee Jin
Release date(s)
  • July 28, 2010 (2010-07-28)
Running time 84 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget ₩1.1 billion
Box office US$5,191,289

Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp (Hangul: 고死 두번째 이야기 : 교생실습; RR: Gosa dubeonjjae iyagi : Gyosaengsilseup)[1][2] is a 2010 Korean horror film. The film was directed by Yoo Sun-dong. The film is a sequel to the 2008 film Death Bell.[3] The story is unrelated to the previous film.

Synopsis[edit]

This film is about a group of high school students and teachers who get locked in the school after the swimming instructor is murdered. In South Korea, the high school student and swimmer Jeong Tae-yeon (Yoon Seung Ah) is found dead in the pool, which is found as a suicide. Two years later, teacher Park Eun-su (Hwang Jung Eum) joins the high school where Tae-yeon's stepsister Lee Se-Hee (Park Ji-yeon) is haunted by nightmarish visions and is bullied by the student Eom Ji-yun (Choi Ah-jin). Eun-su finds it difficult to get respect in the classroom and is backed up by an older teacher, Cha (Kim Su-ro). Se-Hee and her classmates are selected for an elite "study camp" held at the school during the summer break where 30 students study for their university entrance exams. The school's swimming trainer is murdered in the showers, and the words "When an innocent mother is killed, what son would not avenge her death?" found scrawled on a blackboard. A voice warns the students that they'll all be killed unless they can answer who is the murderer and why. The students and teachers find they're locked in the school when more deaths begin to happen.

Release[edit]

Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp premiered at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival on July 23, 2010 where it was the festivals closing film.[1][4] The film received wide release in South Korea on July 28, 2010.[1] On wide-release, the film was very successful with over 50,000 people seeing it in Korea on its opening day. An official for the film said it was "four times what we expected".[5]

While writing the script, it was suggested that the characters should solve their problems in a quiz show format like they did in the first film. Director Yoo Sun-dong was against this ideas as he felt it was too much of an imitation of the first film.[3] Yoo was influenced by his own high school experiences, stating that "Authoritative teachers like Teacher Kang (played by Kim Byung-ok) and Teacher Cha (played by Kim Su-ro) or the competition and violence between the students were things that I saw and felt when I was in school. I tried to put such horrifying elements into the film."[3]

Reception[edit]

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film is an "alarmingly brainless and sloppily directed follow-up to Death Bell" noting that the only "scene worthy of attention is when student Jang-kook is stranded on a corridor and repeatedly attacked by a motorbike outfitted with revolving blades. It has the Gothic, apocalyptic taste of Mad Max."[6] JoongAng Daily wrote a negative review of the film, saying that "it should have taken more chances and offered audiences more than blood...the film won't do much for viewers who are die-hard slasher film fans."[7] Despite negative reviews, both The Hollywood Reporter and JoongAng Daily praised the scene involving a metal-spiked motorcycle that attacks a student.[6][7] Film Business Asia gave the film a seven out of ten rating saying that the film was a "Dark, fast-moving gore feast, with less emphasis on puzzle countdowns but a richer plot than its predecessor."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Elley, Derek (July 28, 2010). "Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp (고死 두번째 이야기 : 교생실습)". Film Business Asia. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Korean Film Council [search database under D]". Korean Film Council. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Kim, Lynn, ed. (July 19, 2010). "Kim Su-ro says "Yoon Si-yoon is truly remarkable"". 10Asia. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Frater, Patrick (June 16, 2010). "PiFan set to torture VIP guests". Film Business Asia. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "포토엔 티아라 지연-효민, ‘은정 언니 모르게~빙글빙글’". Newsen.com (in Korean). July 29, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Lee, Maggie (August 14, 2010). "Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp -- Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b So-ya, Seo (July 30, 2010). "School horror sequel offers few reasons to scream". JoongAng Daily. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 

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