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16 September 2005 (Taiwan) See more »
Sometimes inheritance is a curse
A Taiwanese man returns to the island after years abroad when he inherits a house; when he and his fiancé move in, strange things start to happen. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Decent for a first try, but plain awful as a horror movie! See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order)
Terri Kwan ... Yo
Jason Chang ... James
Chia-Hui Chang ... Yi-Chen (as Yu-chen Chang)

Tender Huang ... Ah-Tseng
Yi-Ching Lu
Kuo-cheng Cheng
Ching-Ching Lin

Directed by
Leste Chen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dorian Li 

Produced by
Roger Huang .... producer
Josh Yeh .... assistant producer
Michelle Yeh .... producer
Original Music by
Jeffrey Cheng 
Cinematography by
Pung-Leung Kwan 
Film Editing by
Ju-kuan Hsiao 
Production Design by
Shun-fu Luo 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hsun-Wei David Chang .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Yu Teng Hsu .... boom operator

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Also Known As:
"Zhai bian" - Taiwan (original title)
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Rated R for some violent images (rating surrendered)
Taiwan:97 min
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10 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Decent for a first try, but plain awful as a horror movie!, 12 January 2006
Author: alexliu_1999 from Earth

Perhaps what drew me to this film was that it touted a haunted mansion, and a Chinese haunted mansion at that! It was an interesting premise, and the poster image featuring a bottled fetus (something to do with a child ghost) did little to deter me. After all, it was featured on a local newspaper along with snippets of an interview with the film's director, who stated it was his first horror movie, after directing mainly music videos.

That alone should have told me all I needed to know.

But like a protagonist in one of these horror movies, I trudged eagerly forward, blissfully ignoring those warning signs. Now, having bore witness to this travesty, I must say that it was just plain bad for a horror movie. It fails in all regards: It is NOT scary in any way, shape, or form.

I am a fan of psychological horror (like the 1963's The Haunting, The Others, and the Japanese masterpiece, The Ring), but this film did nothing for me. It had only one single scene that was averagely scary in suggestion, but that was placed early on in the movie, and was ruined by MTV style jump-cuts... obviously the director's music video routes showing through here.

And though I don't always enjoy shock-a-thon type scarefests, well placed moments certainly work wonders for a film. Unfortunately, this 'movie' has not a single scary jump-in-your-seat type jolt. Considering that I was seated in an almost empty cinema on an empty row at midnight, that IS quite an accomplishment.

Strange that for a horror film, nothing in it is even remotely scary. What little resembled horror in this film was borrowed from other Asian movies that did a much better job (Shutter comes to mind). There was however a slightly disgusting point about the fetus, but throwing in a bag of worms (hypothetically speaking), while disgusting, won't make a scary movie scary.

I must admit though, that the soundtrack for this movie was the (only?) highlight of the film. At times, it sounded almost like a disconcerted rendering of an old fashioned Gothic horror movie. Likewise, the premise of the film is quite an interesting one, but thrown into this neophytes hands is nothing but a jumbled mess.

Now I suppose that while this is decent for his first try, but the director should go back to directing those music videos. For now though, all you parents out there, this is probably a horror movie you can show your kids without fear of giving them nightmares...

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