So-young begins to explore the pasts of the men and discovers a linkage between them – a murder of a young man that took place many years before when they were all on a vacation in a small little town. One of the men was convicted of the crime and served his term. The murdered man had a girlfriend, but she has been missing for nine years. She maintained a website – of a Salt House – which schoolgirl’s rumor to be haunted by a mother and her daughter. In one of the film’s more perplexing huh moments, So-young cuts open a dog and retrieves a video tape – that shows the horror that happened years ago and perhaps the motive for all the killings – but by what or whom?
The film plays out much like a police procedural but with few real scares – it is a search for a killer but the audience was of course privy to the murders and so is perhaps a step ahead of the police (or are we?). But it is the back story that is covered in mystery and one that continues to take twists along the way. One of them is rather ridiculous though – no – make that two of them – which leaves you wondering at the end what the heck to make of what you have just watched. Not a lot of it makes too much sense – but it is still rather enjoyable to some extent - until you think about it. Then, it all sort of falls apart. This is the debut film of director Ahn Sang Hoon.
My rating for this film: 6.0