Hide And Never Seek [Review]

Korean title captures the live streaming age, along with a few chills.

Hide And Never Seek

Korean title captures the live streaming age, along with a few chills.

On afreecaTV, viewers comment and click their donations away when they see good material. VJ Glow (Ryu Deok-hwan) who hosts a horror channel, decides to investigate the whereabouts of a missing girl in a viral video.

Why was the girl missing? I’m glad you asked. Apparently there’s a game called One Man Tag, where you play hide-and-seek with… a spirit. The ritual itself is disturbing enough – hair, dunking, stabbing – but fail to finish off the ritual and you just might raise the ire of the netherworld.

Hide And Never Seek has a great creepy setting. The abandoned building we end up in, full of flapping construction material and scaffolding, makes for a good haunting ground. Merge that with the modern comments superimposed on the right, and it’s an interesting perspective that must have an added dimension to those who know Korean.

But director Lee Doo-hwan doesn’t really know when to deliver his scares. He gives us plenty of red herring and some moments that are more shocking than scary. And while the hunt does serve up some answers, it leaves us with quite a bit more after the finale.

Hide And Never Seek is a victim of its name – where the story fleshed out doesn’t have a proper ending.

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