Welcome to another post in my “Goof & Spook Film Spectacular” series.
For today I have two posts since I decided to take a break yesterday. Just wanted a little bit of some me time like most people.
But today I am back, ready and have more of my favorite films in my collection that I have been delighted to share with everyone.
Hopefully you are in the mood for something a bit spooky and on the spirit side of the horror spectrum.
A young girl from the Philippines is hired by a Chinese couple in Singapore as their housekeeper. But there is a very dark secret that the couple is hiding when the young girl arrives smack in the middle of the Chinese Seventh Month, as well as more that the couple fail to explain to young woman.
This movie is fantastic! The film’s cover does not do it one iota of justice. As the image above really doesn’t look like anything related to the movie.
There are some nuances that you might have to acquaint yourself with when it comes to this movie. Especially since there a lot of very subtle hints that dropped early on that would be over your head if you aren’t too familiar that you might not give a second thought. Although you will realize what is underneath everything as you progress towards the end of the film.
There are some moments character-wise that don’t make sense. Like when the couple get angry that the maid doesn’t know the specifics and details of the ghostly thirty-days. How do you expect someone to know what to do and not do when you don’t bother to inform them when you first hire them.
Another thing that I felt really made the film seem a bit odd was a lot of the sound effects that really do not fit over certain objects. Like one scene that has a creaking metal gate noise place on the wooden doors of a wardrobe.
Outside of that I cannot really complain as I enjoy this film quite a bit. If you are definitely into ghost stories and folklore type of things in your horror movies, then this is the movie for you.
Pacing is a bit slow, but not super, trudging through thick mud kind of slow. It is definitely worth it when you get to the film’s reveal.
One thing you might want to make sure to do if you ever watch this film is to make sure the subtitles are on. Even though the movie is predominantly in English there are moments that are crucial to the story as well as the plot and what is going on. Especially since the beginning narration is not in English and is the setup for what is transpire later.
Unlike the tagline in the image above, this movie is nowhere close to either “The Sixth Sense” or “Ju-On”. It is a ghost story, yes, but it really doesn’t go about it in the same manner or execution as the aforementioned films.
This is definitely one of those movies that will probably having you shouting at the screen during the more intense scenes.
It can also be a hair-raising experience if you watch this film completely in the dark.
Especially if you are by yourself.