I feel quite lucky to have had the chance to review Cello. Nah, that sounds too stuffy. Let's say it another way: Cello scared the heck out of me. This rather shocked me. I mean, give me a break - a story about a possessed cello? Images of Buddy Sorrell started jumping into my mind. Nevertheless, as it turned out, this is now one of my favorite films of the last couple of years.
A young girl named Mi-ju (Hyeon-a Seong) has had a lousy day. She is teaching cello at a small school. One of her students is out to get her for a grade she does not think she deserved. Her sister-in-law starts to get really into her fiancée and the new maid is scarring her. To top it all off, her daughter's cello seems to be haunted.
Turns out that part of Mi-ju's problems stem from a car accident she was involved in a while back that led her to give up a career in music. Finally, an invitation from a friend to attend a concert brings the car crash to memory. When there is a near-miss accident on her drive home, she is naturally rattled. However, it is when she gets home that things start to go weird on her.
She is visited by a spirit and discovers that everyone around her, from her husband and children to her sisters and even her pets, are in danger. It is over the course of a few days that Mi-ju finds the past is not always dead, and just because something is buried, does not mean it will stay there.
Hyeon-a Seong is excellent as the emotionally fragile young woman who is forced to watch as her life begins to unravel around her. Written and directed almost like a classic Twilight Zone episode, Cello hits all the marks as a work of horror art.