Stranded on a cliff ledge two friends have only a faint
hope of rescue and a single chocolate bar left. One begs to share. The other is desperate to stay alive at any cost even if it means hoarding it to himself. Lies. A fall. And lone survivor, Dong-Uk , finds the horror on The Cliff is coming for him.
|Survival is all about working together.
Naked & Afraid is a good example.
This Webtoon freaking scared the hell out of me. I watch a lot of documentaries on climbing, climbing gone wrong, and how the heck did you survive climbing moments. I believe this same scenario (or one very similar) did happen where two people were caught on a narrow ledge desperate for rescue. They didn’t have a chocolate bar but both did survive. The two survived by working together probably why nothing like The Cliff happened at the end.
|what the f*** is that?|
The beauty of the horror in The Cliff comes from the suspense. There are horror movies where the focus is on gore, blood, etc. Those don´t scare me. Having the suspense of knowing something is coming, something which makes your skin crawl….now that does scare me. The unknown is scary even if you have a huge suspicion of where things are going.
|Shades of creepy grey|
One of my greatest loves about webtoons has always been their dazzling color. Well. Color is dazzling after you have been through a lot of black & white mangas. The Cliff is not exactly in color. Mostly in a color range of blacks with greys they set the tone of the manga. Shadows work far better than sunshine when you are creating a horror work.
|Not the most memorable of artwork but well-done for this manga|
The artwork is not my favorite. I wasn’t overly wowed by the illustrator’s vision. The characters do not stand out. In my mind I can picture the webtoon story but not the character’s faces. They just don’t stand out compared to other webtoon art like that of Orange Marmalade or UndeadEd. To see what I mean check out my reviews on both.
To the Reader
|Horror ain’t no fairytale story|
I enjoy a good horror manga which is why I highly recommend this webtoon to horror lovers. At 9 chapters (also known in webtoon as episodes) it’s a short read and complete. The other reader type I highly recommend The Cliff for are those who enjoy a show like ‘I Shouldn’t Be Alive’ or other extreme climbing situation horrors. Except don’t forget this isn’t going to have a fairy tale ending. That’s not a spoiler. It’s just common sense when it comes to horror.
|Serious advice on reading The Cliff|
This is Halloween month so for those outside of the suspense/horror manga genre fans you should consider giving this webtoon a read. Gets you a bit into the spirit of the season or you can do something a bit calmer like get a pumpkin. Maybe take a hay ride? Read this webtoon on a mobile device on a hay ride? Sounds like it could be interesting.
Name(s): The Cliff; ผาหลอน ซ่อนปม; 절벽귀
Artist: Seongdae Oh
Author: Seongdae Oh
Original Publisher: Naver
Genre: Horror, psychological, thriller