Infection - aka Kansen (2004)
It's the night shift in a run-down hospital that's desperately short staffed and running low on medical supplies. When an error is made and a burns patient dies, the medical team agree to falsify the report. In the meantime, another patient with a mysterious illness has been left in the hospital by an ambulance. And anyone who catches the infection will start to hallucinate, as their internal organs begin to liquefy.
The most striking thing about this film is the way it looks, and it uses some incredibly creepy imagery. The sets are deliberately drab and dimly lit, but with the occasional detail of bright green or red. There's a real feeling of being cut off from the outside world. And the unsettling atmosphere is heightened by the clever use of disturbing ambient sounds.
The only thing that I had a problem with was the bright green goo. It felt like it should be in a 1960s sci-fi b-movie, rather than an eerie atmospheric horror. As the story unfolded, I realised there was a reason for its appearance. But it still distracted me early on, and therefore lost a point in my scoring. Otherwise, I thought this was a strangely beautiful yet disturbing horror movie, with impressive visuals and an absorbing story. I really enjoyed watching it.
Is Infection a story about the supernatural? Ghosts? Body horror? Or psychological thriller? The film takes it's time revealing it's true identity. But thanks to some great directing and cinematography, it never feels slow or dull. You'll be too busy trying to figure it all out to get bored.