A woman follows her husband to his ancestral home in China to bury his recently-deceased father, and comes face to face with a deadly curse that is hell-bent on making her and her family suffer for their crimes in the past.<br/><br/>This was an awesome and enjoyable ghost film. One of the better aspects to the film is the incredible story, which is perfect for hanging a creepy and suspenseful ghost story around. The way it manages to make the situation with the ghosts' return for vengeance into a wonderfully atmospheric film in the first half. These early scenes, from him wandering into the basement based on noises at the beginning or them walking across the streets with all the stuff set-up regarding the decorations and the intentions behind them allows for some good moments. There's a couple of fantastic ones centered around the drug-store scene, which is so sudden, so unexpected and come sat the perfect beat with the perfect set-up that the scene works gloriously, the rising bear at the fireplace is also classic since it leads into the spectacular factory scene, and the opening attack is great with the woodland setting being used to absolutely perfect effect here, the fog-covered area looks absolutely creepy and foreboding, while the gag with the trees, the growling and jarring camera-work all signify an attack that is absolutely perfect and opens on a high-note. Once it goes into the possession angle, it deals with the physical acts that demonstrate what's happening to him, and there's some really great moments to come from this. The Mandarin encounter works from the dialog and the dyed arms works on pure shock value, which when combined with these other really great moments make it just as good as what came before. The back- story as well works on the revelations later on with a really marvelous twist which is fitting for a ghost's revenge and appearing as time- period appropriate, and as if talking about it isn't enough it plays out in an absolutely fantastic flashback. The ghost's revenge here is also perfect as there's an erupting, endless flow of bones from the room, the arms shooting out from the pile to drag the two away and the later sequence with the one victim vomiting up skeleton bones in an extended, graphic and brutal set-piece really works well. The last plus is the gore, which isn't bad and kept to a minimum but makes it work when it counts as the film's best qualities against the only thing wrong with this one. By doing the possession so late in the film, it makes the ghost look a little weak since they had plenty of contact before, with plenty of opportunities to do so before then, and to then do so at the end is a little suspicious. Also, the manner of possession, by saying it's been done but not explaining how or why, takes a little of the sting out of it. It could've been written in another way, as they don't really play it up later as one, making the proclamation even stranger. Still, beyond this there's more to love here which makes this one so good.<br/><br/>Rated R: Violence, Language and children-in-jeopardy.
Horror / Mystery
Horror / Mystery
A couple returns to North America for a family funeral, having lived in Shanghai, China for the previous six years. Soon after they arrive, their son Jamie begins to see ghosts and suffer possession by one of the living dead, and it all ties in with the Chinese festival of Ghost Month, when the doors of hell supposedly open and angry spirits are given the chance to terrorize the living.
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