This South Korean horror film by Jiwoon Moon is not a movie about ghosts or goblins, but about the absolute perverse horrors of greed and the evil money can foster. Director-writer Moon tells the tale of a small family living in a sheltered home. After Ji-hyo has a horrible nightmare with her father scaring her without any eyes, her mother Hyeon-woo half heartedly assures her that it was all a nightmare.
As Ji-hyo and her mother spend their time eating old food, they also hide in their house as her father Hyeon-woo’s brother in law come pounding at the door looking for him, and his family. Later in the day Ji-hyo discovers a room in the house, and unearths something absolutely grizzly. Moon frames every second of “Nose Nose Nose EYES!” with a pale chilling blue that makes the events that unfold absolutely blood curdling. What’s even worse is the unlikely villain that arises from Ji-hyo’s curiosity and concern, and once we see for ourselves what’s unfolding, everything before hand makes so much sense.
In actuality once the film draws to a close what’s scary is that nothing really makes sense, and it only serves to prove how terrifying pure unfiltered greed can be. Moon leaves everything up to our imagination, depicting Ji-hyo as an unlikely witness whose vulnerability opens her up to becoming prey sooner or later, and it’s revealed not in any words, but in the way she meets eyes with her mother in the final seconds. Terrifying in its way, I guarantee once you see “Nose Nose Nose EYES!”, you won’t be able to forget it for a very long time.
The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival runs every year from January 31st to February 3rd.