Death Bell

Death Bell (2008)

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On the eve of the dreaded university entrance examinations, the lives of 24 of the smartest and brightest students at one high school, are on the line. Locked inside the school with no way to escape, a television monitor broadcasts a terrified Hae Yeong, the top student at the high school, locked inside an aquarium that slowly begins to fill with water. A voice from the monitor announces if the students cannot read morefinish the exam administered within the allotted time given, Hae Yeong will die and so will everyone held captive inside the school. Thus begins the examination that will determine whether they live or die.

  • Native title:

    고사: 피의 중간고사
  • Also Known as:

    Gosa: Piui Jungkan Gosa; 고死: 피의 중간고사; 고사: 피;

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11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Jun 16, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I came across this movie when I was going through a list of dramas and movies starring Nam Gyu Ri (I liked her in the drama '49 Days'). I realized that this is a horror movie and its synopsis interested me so I thought about watching it as I didn't watch horror stuff for a long time (and I'm a great horror movie/shows buff).

This movie has an interesting plot read more and it actually creates the anxiety in you that not every horror movies does. The story is pretty unpredictable, making you wonder what is gonna happen next. The ending was totally unexpected (at least I didn't expect that kind of ending). There is definitely blood and gore- feature of a typical horror movie but I don't think to the extent that will make you go 'Ewwww' and quit the movie.

The cast is fairly good. But I don't remember the music. Did anything really play in the background? I don't know. I was probably too busy watching people die one-by-one that my ears didn't pick the background music.

The reason I gave the rewatch value 8 is because this movie is highly thrilling and even though I will know what's going to happen next when I watch it again, it is fun.

To sum everything up, I would say that if you are a horror buff, then this movie is worth giving a try.
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Oct 22, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
At first, when I heard the name "Death Bell", I thought it sounded like a very interesting movie. (What can I say? I like Horror movies.)
But when I started watching the movie, it didn't seem all that great and scary.

Truthfully, maybe the only reason I kept watching was because Kim Bum appeared on the screen. How can you not like that cute face of his?
Most of the time, I read more was laughing instead of being scared...

But the movie wasn't THAT bad. I mean, it had some scary parts and the plot was pretty decent too. Perhaps the only problem with this movie was that it felt like they were trying so hard to make it scary, but ended up making weird, dramatic scenes instead.
So all in all, it was a good movie, I guess.

I recommend "Death Bell" to people who are looking for a movie that can give them a scare and have some gore here and there.
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Even though Death Bell maybe more on the horror side...they both take place in a school, trying to solve the case with someone or something killing students.
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every time i watch white christmas it really reminds me of death bell. maybe because of the settings (school) and the mystery and stuffs like that
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    werwiewowas95 Jan 4, 2015

    Would you recommend this as a first horror movie?

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    BB26 Oct 12, 2014

    It wasn't hard toguess who the culprit was.... it was just a plain classic horror/thriller.... But I have to admit that the last scene was my fave .... :3

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    kate Apr 23, 2014

    i dont want to watch the second part(DEATH BELL 2)! kim bum is not there ... LOL

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    Misai Apr 18, 2014

    The ending saved this whole movie for me.

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    Blue-Boice Aug 27, 2013

    I got so freaked out watching this! But I do not recommend the second death bell. :( it was a disappointment to me

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    RedHead5 Aug 3, 2013

    Good that there was no happy-ending. Happy-endings in horrors drive me crazy.. :)

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    TimeIsBlood Jun 17, 2013
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    TimeIsBlood Jun 16, 2013

    This one was very good I think!! Scary for me too, which I was looking for.

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    korea_fan Mar 20, 2013

    where can I watch this?

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    Decki_999 Mar 11, 2013

    finally i finished it xD i need to tell its not really scary its more interesting and the end is really good i didnt thought who was the murderer :3 you should watch it :)

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    Jas9420 Feb 20, 2013
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    horrayforpixies Dec 2, 2012

    I enjoyed it.
    Not the best "horror" I've seen. But I am a really hard person to please with this genre. But some of the deaths were indeed pretty good.

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    kubra135 Nov 16, 2012

    I'm watching right now this movie. i like it it's funny.
    my little brother is watching too he says it's funny too. Weerd?? write a comment.

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    blueaoichan Jul 26, 2012

    is this scary ? can someone tell me please ><

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    dejirei30 Jun 12, 2012
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      blueaoichan Sep 29, 2012

      IS THIS REALLY SCARYYY ???? lol It seems really interesting but I can't stand scary films ; A ;


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Aug 7, 2008
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 28 min.


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