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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May 17, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
When I started to watch Death Bell it reminded me of Saw for some reason. Maybe because of murder cruel ways used to eliminate students. Maybe because the riddles.

Movie has great background music which fit the story perfectly. Acting was really enjoying to watch, actors captured emotions truly well, especially surrounding chaos which took whole school hostage.

Overall I enjoyed watching this movie although there were so common trick which basically read more directors uses in this type of movies. Like never trust "good guys" or people which say about themselves that their are worthless etc. I was disappointed that murder revealed it self right at the begging. But lucky it did not demanded the story ^^

I have to mention that the last scene with titles in the end made me laugh so hard! This is pure dark humor - and excellent I have to say!
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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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Both are supernatural, mystery, and school themed. With different main plot, but very alike in many other ways.
Recommended by Seung225
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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    Senpai May 11, 2017

    A horror / horror film very mixuruca, I did not find anything special in this film.

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    Camellia Jan 15, 2017 - edited

    I searched for the definition of a typical horror movie...

    "Unsettling films designed to frighten and panic, cause dread and alarm, and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience."

    Yeah. The movie was nothing close to any of that. I felt nothing throughout the whole movie. And this is coming from a coward like me, who also RARELY watches horror movies. Even the 'plot-twist' was... meh. Honestly, I don't see the appeal of this movie. It was nothing great.

    The comment before me sums it up perfectly.

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    Kiara Nov 5, 2016

    I felt the plot wasn't well thought out. The characters weren't fleshed out enough so I couldn't care less who was dying. The editing was all over the place that it made sense of time confusing. Perhaps the biggest culprit of all is that it wasn't scary in the slightest, just disguisting. Having said that, Kim Bum has a great smile and Nam Gyumri looked adorable with short hair. 3/10 for me.

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    HappySqueak Sep 29, 2016

    eep not my usual genre! not good choice for right before bed ;_; Morbid! reminds me of the killings in Battle Royale but different storyline, where they have to solve puzzles and riddles to survive

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    John Jan 28, 2016

    This is a great movie and a must watching horror movie. I have never seen someone in a horror movie use a dryer to kill someone.

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    Prince Lanz Archie Oct 18, 2015

    best movie ever !!!!!

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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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    LeeMeymon 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
    Reveal Spoiler »
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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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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Aug 7, 2008
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 28 min.


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