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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Smartly made horror film with a few issues here and there

8/10
Author: Adam Foidart from Winnipeg
18 April 2015

"Seventh Moon" is an effective little horror film that does a good job creating paranoia and delivers a good amount of scares. Melissa (Amy Smart) and Yul (Tim Chiou), are honeymooning in China to visit Yul's parents when they get lost in the countryside and end up in a small remote village. Their misfortune coincides with the night of the Seventh Moon, which, in accordance with Chinese Myth means that the gates of hell open and the dead can enter the world of the living.

It's a scary ghost movie that gets the basics right. It stays with a small cast of characters so you can get to know and care about them, It keeps its cards close to the chest to keep you interested and ensure your Imagination plays with some of the quiet moments too. I thought the creature designs were very effective because they are simple, but in a way that is unsettling because you don't quite know what to make of them (unlike say, someone running around with an ax; I might not know what the deal with the person is, but I know what bit to avoid there). I was kept in suspense as to who was going to bite the dust, if anyone and I liked how for the most part you don't see much, except in the shadows until the very end. Once again, letting your imagination play tricks on you and make the terror even more intense. Your imagination can run a little wild while the characters are trying just as hard as you are to figure out who or what is chasing them. While there are a few moments at the end that aren't totally effective, and throughout the movie there are stretches that are poorly shot (to the point where you'll be frantically trying to figure out what exactly is going) it genuinely scared me. That's the objective, it met It's goal and I think you will enjoy it too. There are some good surprises and plenty of fresh material within the frightening "Seventh Moon". (On DVD, November 11, 2012)

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Unwatchable-literally

2/10
Author: arutha10002 from United States
23 June 2014

Someone is a fan of shaky-cam (or just couldn't afford a steady cam). But not content with annoying the audience with shaky cam, nonsensical jump-cuts were added to not only make the audience nauseated, but annoyed as well. Half the movie is close-ups of people's faces and the other half of the movie is too dark to see anything. Very bad.

The story itself is nothing special. I was looking forward to it because I learned all about "Ghost Month" in Taiwan. The 7th lunar month is when spirits from the netherworld can come and cause mischief in our world, thus all the burning stuff to placate those spirits. It was more annoying than scary, interesting, or suspenseful.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Did they film this in a closet - on a merry-go-round??

1/10
Author: jk90us from USA
16 January 2011

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Here's what I'm guessing: The only film production term the director (LOL) of this POS ever learned was EXTREME CLOSE UP. Because that's all he BLEEPING shot! His "style" (LOL) of film making is to shove a hand held camera right into the face of each actor in every single scene. So all we ever see (or barely see) are noses, parts of their eyes, some hair, a chin, maybe an ear.

At least, I think that's what they were -- because the idiot kept shaking the BLEEPING camera while he did it. I thought Paul Greengrass was bad with all his crappy BS cocaine-pumped, hypersonic, epileptic, motion sickness style (LOL) of film making. But the guy who made this film makes him look like he's standing still and filming in slow motion.

And for all I know, they could have made this entire movie inside a closet. Not once did I see a wide shot or even a background in any of the scenes. Just close ups of faces. Nothing but faces. They almost showed some wide shots a couple of times, but then the director either set it out of focus or had weeds, trees or some other object obscure the shot.

BTW, the IMDb page states that Amy Smart is in this. IS SHE? All I saw were strands of blonde hair and tired looking eyes flashing past the camera every once in a while. I still have NO idea who it was. It could have been Paris Hilton. Who the hell knows?

Also, anyone know what the ghosts looked like in this thing? Because I have NO BLEEPING idea! All I saw (or sorta saw) were extreme out of focus close ups of something bald and white. That's it. I think. Still not sure.

Unless you like being totally confused AND extremely irritated, avoid this flick at all costs!!

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Butchering of Chinese cultural beliefs

1/10
Author: edj from United States
4 January 2010

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If the writer/director had bothered to properly research the Chinese Ghost Festival on which this is SUPPOSED to be based, and actually provided some exposition that accurately portrayed the true Chinese belief this could have been a great film. The real myth has the potential to be so much scarier and disturbing than anything in this film. What the hell are those naked people painted in blue supposed to be? Those aren't based on anything in the Chinese belief. Apart from it being in the seventh lunar month, nothing in this film is accurate AT ALL! There are no "moon demons" in the legend! And they certainly don't go around abducting people. And the Chinese put out offerings not to appease hostile spirits, but to welcome the spirits of loved ones who were released from the netherworld to come to visit on this one night every year. Naturally, there can be a lot of scary elements to this myth. I just wish that the director had actually used some of them. But he didn't. He should stick to stuff he knows, or is willing to spend time researching, rather than taking liberties with another culture and doing it ALL WRONG. The only scary thing about this film is how xenophobic it is. Make up some bogus myth and attach "Chinese" to it to capitalize on the audience's willingness to demonize anything that is "other." Cheap.

Maybe two points for using actors who could actually speak Cantonese without accents. But minus one for running subtitles that didn't match what they were actually saying.

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Another Very Effective Horror Flick from a Blair Witch Alumni

8/10
Author: Jeffrey Burton from United States
16 September 2016

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People who are trashing this movie just aren't getting' it. This is a very effective and well thought out horror movie. It has an exotic locale with a strange local folklore that becomes too real for a newlywed couple. Eduardo Sanchez who co-helmed 'The Blair Witch Project' directs and co-writes with James Nash. The couple is chased by ghosts that come to claim souls every 'Seventh Moon'. The ghosts are very creepy and you don't really get a good look at them (which makes them scarier) until the end. All the performances are strong and while there is excessive 'shaky cam' the movie is very well filmed, in low light, with strong art direction and very natural cinematography. It's was also great to see Amy Smart. She's very good in this. Like Sanchez's 'Exists' I found this to be a damn good, simple but intelligent and SCARY indie horror movie. Give it a watch.

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Packed with Scares, Suspense and Creepy creatures.

9/10
Author: loomis78-815-989034 from United States
24 April 2013

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Based on a Chinese myth of the hungry ghosts that arrive one night a year in China. An offering is left for them as the dead rise through the gates of hell and look for offerings or victims. Melissa (Smart) and her Chinese/American husband Yul (Chiou) are on their honeymoon on this particular night as their tour guide Ping (Chan) gets lost in a rural part of China. Seeing a small village Ping says he is going to find help. Soon the couple finds themselves abandoned and later discover they have been left as sacrifices to the demon ghosts. The few glimpses they see of the pale figures on the road make them leave in a hurry. They come across a wounded man in the road and the demons attack all three of them once they get in the car. This becomes an all night test of survival as they fight for their lives. This relentless scare show from Director Eduardo Sanchez lays down an intriguing storyline and then opens the throttle to full blast. Let's start with the pale figured hungry ghosts. The design and look are eerily effective and Sanchez keeps them in shadows a lot. These are fierce buggers that pursue our couple and others in a truly frightening way. There is no let up and the suspense and scares are overwhelming. The pace is break-neck until the third act where it slows down enough to explain a little more. A chilling and nerve-wracking ending inside a cave is thrilling. Sanchez's story (writing with Jamie Nash) is creepy in itself. He knows how to write strong characters especially for women. Amy Smart is excellent in this role and her character is strong and heroic. In Sanchez's next film "Lovely Molly" he would repeat this strong Woman character. Part of the effectiveness of this film is having the characters out in the open in the middle of nowhere at night. Many tense moments have the couple hiding in tall grass as the pale figures are all around them. The pale figure hungry ghosts rank with the underground dwellers from "The Descent" as scariest creatures of recent memory. This is Eduardo Sanchez's scariest film to date and an excellent horror film packed with scares,

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Evocative of C.Jung "In the shadow is the gold."

7/10
Author: aw1435 from United States
27 July 2012

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It is true that the shadow is composed of the psyche's unwanted elements. But to quote Carl Jung, "In the shadow is the gold." Jung's comment underscores the truth that not all of the shadow's undesired contents are actually authentically undesirable.

While the movie begins with a blur of honeymoon bliss that devolves into a very slow start I have to praise the nature of the film. Any movie that evokes true emotion is worthy of it's pits. I personally got caught up in the rush of escaping the demons. It plays into that dream-like feel of trying to escape from the unknown and being in uncharted territory. I would say the last third of the movie is where the film blossoms by exposing more of the beauty of love and inner strength; it also increases the movie's storyline pace.

While I couldn't call it A+ horror I would say it's worth the watch. Amy Smart is the films jewel.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Frankly a huge disappointment

5/10
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca
31 October 2014

On their honeymoon in China, newlyweds become stranded in a remote village while the locals are celebrating Hungry Ghost Month to honor their deceased relatives, and find themselves as the prized sacrifices intended for the ghosts.

Good grief was this an utter disappointment. There should've been a lot to like with this one as one of the better elements present here is the rather well-done and exciting attack scenes throughout here as the ghosts come out here early and often. The attacks from off quite fun as well here by focusing on the just insanely creepy and chilling abandoned village for a setting here. Decked out in the traditional decorations for the celebration so it has a localized flavor that adds immensely to the atmosphere here, and when the creepy ghosts are placed in that location it makes for a much more chilling experience. From the early sprawl through the village to dead ears and protests, the frantic attack in the basement along the ceremony and the relentless actions around the car are quite a bit of fun and really make out the ghosts quite well as threats here which is always a plus. Even later attacks throughout the village including encounters through a cemetery and the finale deep into the caves hidden in the forest make for stupendously chilling moments that add a fully-charged, relentless pace to the other encounters while providing plenty of excitement, yet there's very little good that comes of these good points. The part which really makes all this so disappoint is the fact that these are utterly wasted in a film as truly nauseating as this one gets. It hurts so much to actually look at this due to those absurdly dismal shaking-camera footage that runs rampant throughout this, really coming off worse than found-footage films with a similar tactic as this one really makes it impossible to see what's' going on by being so blurry and out-of-focus during the whole film. The documentary-style feel here just looks completely terrible since it's not something being filmed by either one so there's no excuse for doing this throughout here with the kind of dedication to utter chaos and dis-coordination that's featured here, which does lower this one so far that it remains so disappointing instead of being one of the more enjoyable efforts around.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, Brief Nudity and a brief sex scene.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Too visually dark, poorly edited, inconsequential.

5/10
Author: movieswithgreg from United States
26 August 2016

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As is too often the case with horror films, horror fans are way way way too easy on them. It's as if horror fans have a different scale to measure movie quality.

Summed up -- this movie is an indie attempt to move into the growing Chinese market for western films.

Generally when we see a western movie attempt to get a toehold in the Chinese and greater Asian market, it's through monster-sized budgets like Transformers, or through A-list actors like Richard Gere or Jeremy Irons in smaller, more human dramas. This is the first Western horror film I've seen set in China. It has two English-speaking actors, and maybe two or three more bit speaking roles.

It's film in that cheaty style that relies mostly on closeups so that the filmmakers don't have to use more expensive visual setups, scenery, and medium and long shots. Relying on closeups allows the filmmaker to use a single camera while making it look like multiple cameras by use of ceaseless quick-cutting and shaky-cam.

While it's true that many nighttime films are overly lit in that made-up way so that the audience can get into it, this movie does the opposite -- it's too dark to figure out what's going on most of the time. That starts as frustration, then quickly turns into dismissal and rejection. It's hard to tell where they are in spatial terms, nor even how they get to the resolution scenes. Did I mention there's too many closeups, too much dark, and too much quick cutting?

CONCLUSION WITH SPOILER: Don't waste your time with this. It doesn't make sense, especially in the third act with the ritualistic group sex teaser dream scene that has no motivation; you don't even care how it's resolved. The plot and narrative don't have enough bones to hang a meaty trick ending onto. I give it kudos for trying to update the traditional Asian ghost boogeyman story with the Western "lost-couple-in-the-woods-on-their-honeymoon" motif. And the acting isn't lame. The dialogue is lame. The plot is lame. But the acting isn't. It's not memorable nor impressive. But at least it's not lame. Oh, the sound editing is decent, too. It has to be, cuz you can't see sheet.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Seventh Moon Of A Seventh Moon...

6/10
Author: loogenhausen from United States
8 November 2011

Eduardo Sanchez is emerging as the more talented of the Blair Witch directing duo. The other, Daniel Myrick, helmed the disappointments The Believers and Solstice but rebounded with the interesting The Objective. After the enjoyable but slightly uneven Altered, Sanchez follows up with the creepy but flawed Seventh Moon. Really the only thing that keeps this from being a four star flick is the overabundance of unnecessary shaky cam tactics. In the Blair Witch it was tolerable, but here it makes no sense. We can clearly see the creatures attacking our main characters several times during the movie, so there's no need to employ all the shaky cam shenanigans to try to disorient the viewer. Besides that, everything else is quite effective. The remote locale is pretty spooky and you really do feel like you could be hopelessly lost in a place like that. Sanchez is great at this motif and it was present in Blair Witch and somewhat in Altered. Amy Smart screaming at the top of her lungs does get old after a little bit, but it doesn't distract too much from a fun but forgettable little foray into indie horror.

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