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For Freestyle Fridays, we turn to a Rotten Tomatoes writer to offer up personal favorites. Today: Jacqueline Coley, who you’ve seen doing interviews on-camera, goes off the beaten path with two devilish modern fairy tales.
Hans Christian Anderson was a pretty sick ticket – this is not hyperbole. It’s a fact. Two minutes after finishing one of his fairy tales you will be immediately struck by this sentiment. The gruesome imagery and allegory from his prose is hard to shake. It’s not a long leap of logic to understand why his work influenced so many modern horror filmmakers — the Disney tie-ins are a bit more puzzling, but the man can tell a good story. Korean filmmaker Kim Yong-Gyun draws inspiration for his 2005 horror film from the Anderson tale of the same name. Sun-Jae leaves her unfaithful husband with her daughter in tow, and soon finds a pair of bright pink shoes that have a diabolical mind of their own. The bewitched and ill-fated Sun-Jae and her daughter are unwittingly dammed the moment she places the shoes on her feet. The film will make you shudder to think of the same happening to your favorite loafers and make you ponder just how damaging materialism can be.
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