HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Castle Freak
Pinocchio
Brother Bear
Raiders of Buddhist Kung Fu
County Lines
Polytechnique
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Covert Action
Strangler's Web
Host
Nimic
House of Bamboo
Murder Me, Monster
Hell and High Water
Possessor
Flint
Miserables, Les
Ritz, The
Patrick
Cemetery
Girls of the Sun
Princess and the Goblin, The
Skyfire
Upright
Incredible Kung Fu Mission
Dirty Cops
You Cannot Kill David Arquette
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist
Son's Room, The
Evil Hits Evil
Agency
Blue My Mind
Thumbelina
Proxima
Aprile
Assassination Nation
Golden Key, The
Image Book, The
On Body and Soul
Unhinged
   
 
Newest Articles
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
Rose: A Love Story - Producers April Kelley and Sara Huxley Interview
Phone Phreak: 976-EVIL on Blu-ray
Living the Nightmare: Dementia on Blu-ray
Becky and The Devil to Pay: Ruckus and Lane Skye Interview
Big Top Bloodbath: Circus of Horrors on Blu-ray
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
   
 
  Death Curse, The Gillian and Charlene visit a haunted house
Year: 2003
Director: Soi Pou Cheang
Stars: Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung, Steven Cheung, Kenny Kwan, Alex Fong, Raymond Wong, Lawrence Chou, Qiu Lier, Zhou Bou, Sun Xixo Yan, Alex Fong, Sun Le Qiu
Genre: Horror, ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Shortly before he passes away, billionaire recluse Ting Jihuai organizes a reunion of his long-lost children. Self-centred Nancy (Charlene Choi) travels to Ting’s ancestral rural home and discovers a gaggle of siblings she never knew existed. Born of six different mothers (maybe Ting died of exhaustion), they include: lovable Linda (Gillian Chung), big-hearted Ben (Steven Cheung), triad poseur Nick (Raymond Wong), creepy eldest brother Andy (Zhou Bou), single mother Deon (Sun Xixo Yan) who brought along her little girl Fanny (Qiu Lier), and - horror of horrors - Nancy’s ex-boyfriend, Jerry (Kenny Kwan). Lawyer Cheung (Alex Fong) informs the squabbling siblings they are each entitled to a share of Ting’s $125 million fortune (plus six hundred fruit trees). However, there are conditions.

As per tradition, over the next seven days, at precisely midnight, the children must honour their father’s corpse - which sits upon a golden throne in the courtyard. Immediately afterwards, they have to hug and profess their love for each other, something the more selfish among them find incredibly awkward. As Ben and Linda struggle to keep their newfound family together, and Nancy and Jerry dodge their incestuous attraction, things go from bad to worse. It turns out Ting’s mansion is haunted. A murderous maniac stalks the siblings, Fanny goes missing, Andy goes psycho, Linda starts hearing voices, and creepy ghost-kids giggle in the dark. Zoinks!

Following the monster success of The Twins’ Effect (2003), producers concocted another supernatural-themed romp featuring pop twosome Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi. Here, in a bid to beguile even more Hong Kong teenyboppers, they’re paired with their male Cantopop equivalents, Boyz (Steven Cheung and Kenny Kwan) in a lightweight, but amiable mixture of creepy Asian horror, teen comedy hijinks and wacky, Scooby-Doo plotting. The mostly whiny, self-obsessed teen heroes are a letdown and Charlene Choi is uncharacteristically unappealing as bitchy, petulant Nancy. But Gillian Chung continues to develop as a dramatic actress (especially when Linda recalls her personal demons) and Steven Cheung proves charismatic. Director Soi Pou Cheang previously helmed the interesting, Blair Witch styled, Horror Hotline: Big-Headed Monster (2001) and the well-received New Blood (2002). Hardcore horror fans might be unimpressed with this effort, but the film turns deliciously creepy on occasion and boasts one fine scare when it appears the entire cast has been slaughtered before our astonished eyes. Shot in Thailand, the spooky mansion is full of creeping vines, dark corridors, and death traps lending it that Hanna-Barbera vibe. Much of the humour sits well, rooted in the siblings’ obvious unease with their surroundings and each other. The script deals surprisingly well with themes of family, tradition and reconciliation and against the odds, offers a warm-hearted scene where brothers and sisters enact the ritual once more, only this time they really mean it. An eventful climax manages to be thrilling and funny, with an appropriate “It was you all along!” unmasking of the villain. Put some glasses on Gillian, Charlene in a purple mini-dress and throw in a talking dog, and this would have been perfect.
Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 2911 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: