Killer Toon resuscitates K-horror
Box Office News
By Stephen Cremin
Mon, 15 July 2013, 10:20 AM (HKT)
KIM Yong-kyoon 김용균 | 金容均's Killer Toon 더 웹툰 예고살인 (2013) is the first South Korean horror film to sell more than one million cinema tickets since 2008.
The film stars EOM Gi-jun 엄기준 | 嗯期准 as a detective investigating LEE Shi-yeong 이시영 | 李是英's writer after a series of gruesome murders are committed that resemble drawings in her horror webcomics.
Box office currently stands at ￦7.79 billion (US$6.93 million) from 1.09 million admissions. Five years ago, Death Bell 고死 피의 중간고사 (2008) made ￦10.3 billion (US$9.17 million) from 1.63 million admissions.
Other summer horrors this year include Doctor 닥터 (2012) and The Puppet 꼭두각시 (2013) which made ￦495 million (US$441,000) and ￦228 million (US$203,000) on 68,222 and 31,713 admissions respectively.
More successful was horror omnibus Horror Stories II 무서운이야기 ２ (2013), which has made ￦3.39 billion (US$3.02 million) on 495,522 admissions through Lotte Entertainment 롯데엔터테인먼트 in early June.
Originally scheduled for an August release, Killer Toon was distributed by CJ Entertainment Inc ＣＪ엔터테인먼트 on 27 June, one week after the head-to-head release of Doctor and Puppet.
Director Kim previously directed the horror The Red Shoes 분홍신 (2005) starring KIM Hye-su 김혜수 | 金憓秀, which made ￦6.77 billion (US$6.03 million) on 1.07 million admissions in the summer of 2005.
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