January 23, 2017 — The Arabian Nights tells the story of , Scheherazade, the vizier’s daughter, who was required to tell stories to the Shahrayr of Persia so that he would not behead her. For 1,001 nights she told him fabulous, imaginative stories; once her stories ran out, she anticipated that he would kill her. However, the Shahrayer had fallen in love with her — so her stories saved her life.
In the Korean omnibus film Horror Stories, high school girl Ji-Won is in a similar and equally desperate situation. She has been kidnapped by a killer, her life is under constant threat and her only escape is to tell him scary stories — without them, the killer cannot sleep.
She tells him the four scariest stories she can think of:
Don’t Answer the Door: A brother and sister are home alone, waiting for their mother to return. But she is late, and frightening and disturbing things begin to happen at their home.
Endless Flight: A flight attendant alone on an airplane flying at 30,000 feet finds herself dealing with a serial killer who has escaped police custody.
Secret Recipe: Two step-sisters indulge in increasingly nightmare-ish plastic surgery in order to win the affections of the same man.
Ambulance on the Death Zone: An ambulance with five people in it speeds through the night, attempting to escape from a Zombie invasion. One of the five, a young girl, is found to have a scar that looks like it came from a Zombie attack. The girl’s mother attempts to save her daughter while medical officials question her fate.
Each of the stories has a separate writer and director.
Horror Stories was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards.
In Korean, with English subtitles.
Horror Stories is available on Blu-ray and DVD, or you can stream it immediately on Amazon Video.