Review : RedRum 327.

A group of college students go away to spend a weekend in a expensive remote villa. Things start going wrong, people start disappearing or worse... dying. This doesn't sound too out of the ordinary for a Hollywood style horror film, but RedRum still manages to deliver a unique experience.

RedRum's plot is basically that seven rich college students, all with successful parents, go on a retreat to a remote villa. There's all the stereotypical love triangles, romance and angst that goes along with these style of stories. Basically things start turning sour and people end up biting the dust. The difference between RedRum and your B-grade horror movies really lies in the fact that it's not an outside force doing the killing, infact it's made quite clear who's doing it from the start. The mystery lies in the why?

The characters in RedRum are all quite believable, if not once again a little stereotypical. There's the 'nice guy', the 'not-so-nice guy', the 'quiet guy', the 'cheerful girl', the 'not-so-cheerful girl' and so on. The characters seem to stay true to their personality placement. A long haired girl named Gahui seems to be the primary protagonist, she's nice to everyone and has some messed up flashbacks occasionally. The quiet glasses wearing Gihu seems to be another primary character, with some mention of an unexplained conflict involving him near the start.

The art in RedRum is actually above that of what you'd expect in a normal manga (or manwha), everything is drawn cleanly and proportionately in the normal style. The great use of shading helps it stand out and makes its art somewhat above average. There is only a small amount of violence and blood, so it's probably ok for anyone 13 or older, but it does have quite dark themes and the characters are rather old, someone 15+ would probably enjoy it more.

RedRum is an older teenage drama-horror-murder story which focus's more on why people are being killed than who is killing them. It's not the most original plot, but it's art is A+ and it's still an interesting read.

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