0.0MHz is a Korean horror movie about a university supernatural mystery club that explores haunted houses in the hopes of finding ghosts. They do this through a controlled experiment, in which they analyze brain wave frequency in a sleeping subject, on the theory 0.0MHz is the frequency at which a person’s soul meets a ghost. Despite the fun promise of this simple setup, what follows is an uneven, fairly meh story without much tension, though the charm of the characters and overall effect makes for a passable horror watch.
Streaming on Shudder, the film is an adaptation of a popular online comic by Jang Jak, which became popular for its unsettling images. Unfortunately, this doesn’t translate into the film, which aside from a few creepy moments doesn’t deliver much in the way of atmosphere, tension, or scares. The story morphs from a “trapped in a haunted house” story to a possession story to a drama, culminating in a typical gotcha ending. The acting is similarly uneven, with some strong performances but others that are fairly wooden. The characters are charming, though, and there’s a “just go with it” vibe to the film that makes you watch what turns out to be largely meh, which I expected from the trailer, but also passably enjoyable, which was exactly what I was hoping for.