“Everything has changed”
Bloody Reunion is something rare in Asian horror, it is at heart a slasher movie. This fact alone combined with an interesting film poster piqued my interest in seeing this movie. The movie itself has much more depth than your usual by the numbers slasher but the end result is slightly muddled.
Bloody Reunion is the story of a group of primary school children who return years later to visit their old & now terminally ill teacher Mrs Park, who we learn in a prologue had a deformed baby she kept in the basement & this caused her husband to hang himself. Quite soon it becomes apparent that Mrs Park wasn’t the kindest of teachers to put it mildly & her ex pupils all seem to have simmering feelings of resentment towards her. It’s not long before the former pupils are systematically murdered one by one.
The above synopsis only scratches the surface of the movie. There are several plot twists & a lot of psychological horror that elevate the movie above the usual slasher trappings. The characters are well-developed, each given time to explain their own reasons for hating Mrs Park. One of the women in the group was ridiculed about her weight by Mrs Park & is now obsessed by her own self-image, resorting to endless amounts of cosmetic surgery to try to feel better about herself. Another of the group was an aspiring athlete until his knee was perminatly damaged by a punishment Mrs Park inflicted on him. These elements are the movies strongpoints. It is as the murders start the movie begins to lose its way. There is an obvious attempt at misdirection as to who the murderer is & it fails completely & is blatantly obvious who the culprit is. This would be true if the makers of the movie hadn’t thrown several more plot twists into the film as it approaches its conclusion. The ending itself borrows heavily from a certain classic French horror movie (whose title I obviously can’t give away here) But it fails to tie up all the loose ends & finishes up looking contrived & ill thought-out. it’s the kind of ending that has you thinking WTF? It just doesn’t quite make sense. The final plot twist is comprehensible it just doesn’t logically pan out with the back story. It’s a shame really because this had the potential to be great.
Bloody Reunion is by no means a bad movie, it’s certainly worth an hour & a half of your time & it will entertain. It just could have been so much more if the ending had been presented more coherently.