|Lotte Cinema's special screening of "The Medium" / Courtesy of Lotte Cinema|
By Lee Hae-rin
Lights on. Ear plugs will be handed out for a limited number of audiences on a first come, first served basis.
Special screenings of the horror film, "The Medium," will be held three times in July at Lotte Cinema, a South Korean chain of movie theaters. The event was prepared for the faint of heart who still want to see the horror film.
Co-produced by Korean filmmaker Na Hong-jin and Thai filmmaker Banjong Pisanthanakun, "The Medium" features a girl that is possessed by demons in Thailand's northeastern Isan region. Korean horror fans have highly anticipated the joint creation by the two horror icons.
The theater prepared the special screening for moviegoers following a preview on June 2. Some journalists who were invited to the media preview said that the movie is so scary that some of the scenes haunted them even after they went home.
"Scary. So scary that I almost cried," one commented in an article of the film magazine Cine 21. "It's a chilling movie. I was so scared. While watching it, I kept thinking, what if such scary things really happen in my life?" another wrote.
Producer Na admitted that it's a scary movie indeed. He said that his previous mystery thriller, "The Wailing" (2016) is a mere comedy compared to "The Medium."
The special screenings will take place on July 14th, the day of the film's release, and on the following weekends at four theaters equipped with LED screens. These LED screens can keep the room brighter while projecting the film.
The exclusive screening venues include the Lotte Cinemas at the Seoul World Tower, Konkuk University, in Suwon in Gyeonggi Province, and in Busan's Centum City.
In response to the news, some netizens commented that "the volume should be turned down as well," and that they will "hopefully finish the film, if the lights are on."