Movie Review – Forbidden Siren – Was it a Comedy?

Forbidden Siren

A writer moves to a remote island with his daughter and young son. After settling into their new home, a neighbor arrives to welcome them and give them a breakdown of the local rules; most important: do not go outside when the island’s siren starts wailing.

You can find the IMDB entry for Forbidden Siren here.

I’m not really sure what to make of this movie, it’s somewhat similar to Silent Hill, apart from the fact Silent Hill was actually pretty good for a movie made from a game.

This movie is also based on a game Siren 2 for the PS2, the game was made by the same producer as the Silent Hill game so that gives you the link for the similarities.

After watching the movie I couldn’t make out if it was really trying to be a horror or it was actually supposed to be funny as I laughed all the way through and so did most other people.

It had parts of many movies like The Others, Shaun of the Dead, The Village and perhaps even Hitchcock’s Pyscho.

I doubt it was intentional though.

It’s a shame the film was so bad as the cinematography was stunning, beautiful composition of the shots, framing, use of light and shadows and mirrors.

The sound track was a bit hit and miss and the acting really didn’t require much effort, but most of the time it just made us laugh.

It tries to do the whole twist thing, but doesn’t really work out too well.

Apparently it is a real legend, you can read more about it here & here, the Hanuda & Yamijima Incidents. The island in the movie is real, including the tower and the missing inhabitants.

If it was intended to be a comedy I’d probably give it 6/10, pretty funny, not bad but a bit slow at the start.

I still enjoyed it way more than Cicakman as it was a lot funnier, the sad thing is Cicakman was trying so hard to be funny…but wasn’t, and this was trying so hard to be scary and it was funny.

As it’s intended to be a horror, I’ll give it a score within it’s genre a terrible 2/10.

Suan had some thoughts on it too.

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6 Responses to Movie Review – Forbidden Siren – Was it a Comedy?

  1. spiller January 16, 2007 at 3:33 pm #

    there isn’t any good Asian horror movie since The Shutter. sigh.

  2. Boss Stewie January 16, 2007 at 7:13 pm #

    poor you… watching all these bad movies lately.. sometimes we go through a bad spell. when the good movies come … they all come in one go and when the bad movies come… they ALLLLll come at one go as well

  3. KY January 17, 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    the crowd made it worth watching. heehee

  4. Dabido (Teflon) January 17, 2007 at 8:48 pm #

    ‘do not go outside when the island’s siren starts wailing.’

    Sounds normal to me. People tell me not to go in the water when the Japanese come by whaling. It’s sort of the same isn’t it? 🙂

    I can’t beleive I still haven’t seen Shaun of the Dead! Bodoh Dabido!

  5. Erna January 20, 2007 at 8:20 pm #

    Ermm…but the wiki said the site you gave a link to is a hoax site to promote the game…