Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Housemaid (1960)

The Housemaid is a 1960 drama edging into horror about the ruin of a family after a predatory woman enters the household to help out when the wife becomes pregnant with their 3rd child.

Criterion calls it a "venomous melodrama" and "an engrossing tale of class warfare and familial disintegration that has been hugely influential on the new generation of South Korean filmmakers". Politico says it's "a claustrophobic, suspenseful masterpiece". Slant Magazine compares it to the 2010 remake.


  1. I've gotten into a few Korean films that dealt with realism, but this one sounds like it borders the bizarre. Thanks for the review.

    1. Obsession is always a bit bizarre I guess. Tragic family tales border between melodrama and horror at some points, I think.

  2. i think i´ll Bookmark this for later view.
    happy spring!!