- Jul 31
- Korean horror DERANGED: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 31/07/12 at 05:17 PM
Director: Park Jeong-woo. Review: Chris Sawin.
Jae-hyuk (Kim Myung-min) has a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, but took stock market advice from his younger brother and investigator Jae-pil (Kim Dong-wan), went broke, hit rock-bottom, and now finds himself working for Joa Pharmaceutical doing grunt work and playing servant to big clients. As Jae-hyuk’s job takes a toll on him and directly affects his family, a body is found in a river appearing to be completely malnourished.
The trend continues and bodies begin to pile up. A never ending thirst turns into someone completely losing their mind, running to the nearest body of water, and dying. The cause is a mutant variant of parasitic horsehair worms that attach themselves to mammals through the large intestine, cause the host to eat and drink constantly, the worms eventually take control of the human brain, lead it to water, and reproduce. Jae-hyuk notices his family showing the symptoms and does everything he can to track down the cure and save his family.
Korea is a bit of a stranger when it comes to epidemics and infectious diseases. This is their first film on the matter and if you take that into consideration it makes the film come off that much better. "Deranged" has elements of the science fiction, horror, and thriller genres. The horsehair worms take care of the sci-fi portion and the thrilling element is thanks to everyone rushing to find a cure and the race against time. The infected population is basically turned into zombies once their brains are taken over by the worms except they have no interest in brains or eating human flesh. All they want is water and will stop at nothing to achieve that goal. It's pretty horrific in a sense that you're not entirely sure what they're capable of...Continue reading review.
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