#31in31 2018 – “Office” (2015)

“Who are you?”

Story: A mild mannered Korean salaryman goes home to his family… And slaughters them. Why? Nobody seems to know. Meanwhile, his mercilessly bullied intern stresses about being hired full-time, and a police detective seems to be getting nowhere.

Scares: Some suspense, and a few jump scares.

Splat factor: Blood, but mostly shown in cutaways.

Closing scene “shocker”?: More like a twist.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Original.

Trick or Treat?: The overall idea that office culture can fuck you up is taken to the extreme in this Korean flick. Well, at least “horror” is what it says in the description.

Office is more like a why-dunit rather than straight-up horror. At least til the final thirty minutes, when it shifts into the usual one-by-one slasher plot. There’s a strange hint of a possession/ghostly storyline, but it’s never developed beyond a few tantalizing glimpses. The whole film could be described similarly; great premise, a director with a deft touch with dark satire, but it’s all too little to really get this film running on all the horror gears.

It’s too bad that this film drags along, leaving the real horror for the end. It’s definitely a “just when things start to look promising, here’s the end” story. There’s plenty to think about regarding the way businesses grind up people and spit them out without a thought to how those individuals feel, but this film isn’t interesting enough to put those idea to real use. The police chief in Office says “If there isn’t a motive, come up with a believable one.” Heck, I’d settle for coherent one.

K-horror is usually a good choice for getting your spooky on. Guess everyone has to hiccup now and then. Watch Severance, if you’re looking for workplace horror. It’s better.

Score: 2 out of 5 pumpkins.

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