S2E9 - Whispering Corridors/Memento Mori


Hi everyone, 

In this episode of Heroic Purgatory, John and Jason discuss the first two entries in the South Korean Whispering Corridors horror franchise: Whispering Corridors (1998) and Memento Mori (1999). Both films are shining examples of the rising Korean cinema of the 90s. We talk about their political symbolism, same sex relationships, as well as the role that these films played in the rise of Korean horror cinema.

We hope you enjoy!

Episode Outline and Resources


  • 2:26 - Media Consumption
  • 16:04 - News
  • 25:33 - Film Discussion

Media Consumption


  • The Hangover
  • Bridesmaids
  • Old SF magazines
  • It’s a Summer Film (Japan Cuts 2021)

  • Jason:
    • The Hunt 
    • Cinema Paradiso
    • Fellini's 8 ½
    • Evolution
    • The Battle of Algiers
    • Evil Dead Remake 
    • Suspiria Remake
    • Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Criston anime
    • Japan Cuts Festival


    Reviews and podcasts:

    Jason reviews Memento Mori
    Podcast on Fire episode on Whispering Corridors and Memento Mori