Half as amusing as that viral video of a sheep scaring its peeps while wearing a Halloween mask, A Bloody Aria is also less incisive. Won Shin-yun uses Deliverance, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as a jumping-off point for a more-of-the-same rumination on herd mentality, treating animals badly and people worse, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Under a bridge, a sloppy-kissing, red-light-running music professor, Yeong-sun (Lee Byuong-jun), and his student, In-jeong (Cha Ye-ryun), are tormented by thugs who keep a schoolboy tucked inside a sack.
Just when you thought the film’s only question to audiences was whether Yeong- sun or his rat-eating captors are the bigger freaks, a traffic cop arrives on the scene and a social message floats to the surface. Employing arbitrary handheld camerawork and using the titular aria to intermittently (and insincerely) convey a sense of seriousness, Won intends the film as a commentary about authority and violence in Korean society, which partly boils down to “Getting a hand job from a man in the military will make you crazy!” An unlikely theory, but then again, A Bloody Aria serves largely as an example of the inanity of so much genre filmmaking.