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The Maid
The Maid
Actors: Alessandra de Rossi, Huifang Hong, Benny Soh, Zhenwei Guan, Mohd Haizad Bin Imram
Director: Kelvin Tong
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2006     1hr 33min

During the Seventh month on the Chinese calendar, the gate of hell open and the dead rise to walk the earth. There are rules people must follow for 30 days in order to survive. Never swim, never turn back at night when y...  more »


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Actors: Alessandra de Rossi, Huifang Hong, Benny Soh, Zhenwei Guan, Mohd Haizad Bin Imram
Director: Kelvin Tong
Creators: Lucas Jodogne, Kelvin Tong, Daniel Yun, Pui Yin Chan, Saw Yam Seah, Sock Leng Ling, Titus Ho
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Tartan Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/12/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Tagalog
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Scott R. from LEWISBURG, WV
Reviewed on 10/2/2008...
This a creepy movie. It has all the standard asian creepouts; like the creepy long haired girl etc.
2 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
John C. (bookwheelboy)
Reviewed on 12/10/2007...
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

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DA MAN | SINGAPORE | 07/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a film that was produced in Singapore, where my inital thought, that this film just wanted to capitalise on the current unstoppable flow of horror films that seem to follow from the asian countries. Add to that a title that seems even more tacky... I wasn't expecting much... But i was indeed in for a shock.....

The Maid; like it's title, is a tale that is centered around a domestic helper, aged 18, who has travelled to the Philippines to Singapore, in hope to earn money so as to provide a better life for her family back home. Situation is such that money is urgently required to save her ill brother back home.

She is employed by an elderly couple, Mr and Mrs Teo who have a mentally-handicapped son Ah Soon. The relationship between all of them is good, and all seems to go well.

In chinese mythology, the 7th month of the Lunar Calendar is widely considered the Hungry Ghost festival - when the gates of hell swing open and for 30 days, the dead walk among the living. There are some rules during these months that are praticsed during these months amoung most... of which include - not to turn your head when some1 taps or calls your name over the shoulder... Lot of other rules are also mentioned, and most of these have been brushed off as Old wives tale...

The maid (Alessandra De Rossi) brushes them off, and unfortuantely, she gets entangled into the ghostly world....

The acting is decent, with my hat going out to Alessandra De Rossi who makes her performance very believable. But what makes this movie a regular scarefest is the fact that the director is trying too hard to scare us that the scares all seem too rehearshed. This film has a very decent premise, and the acting an't too bad... But i would suggest a rental for all those interested, before committing a purchase, as this is a film for only the acquired taste.

Dvd wise, Tartan issues the regular stuff-along with Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround tracks with a few trailers of it's upcoming movie selections - English subtitles will be available....

******** I have just recieved word that the dvd presentation has a very serious problem with it. For some reason Tartan has tried to stretch what appears to be a 1.85:1 ratio into about a 2.35:1. Also the image is non-anamorphic. For this alone.... i suggest you skip the release!!!"
I screamed bloody murder!
Janet L. Rogers | 10/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ok, let's get this out of the way first....I LOVE Asian horror, J-horror call it what you will....bring on them long haired ghosts.....LOVE it!! Ju-On has LONG since been the #1 scariest movie EVER for me....I put this RIGHT beside it!! IT was CREEPY and made me squeal so much my husband threatened to turn it off! I did not personally find the "scares" or anything rehearsed and I LOVED the history and traditions you learn about in this movie. I found the acting, particularly Rosa, really good...OK I thought EVERYONE did great! I was so involved in the story and being scared out of my wits that while I thought the picture was a tad stretched...I DON'T and STILL don't care!! You will SO not be disappointed in this one!!"
Solid Asian horror flick
hollygolightly | New York, New York | 02/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Like a lot of the other reviewers, I'm a big fan of Asian horror of all kinds--I had overlooked this modest little film until now, but it was reasonably entertaining and, despite the occasional silliness, has a cohesive plot and some good effects. (There's a very brief moment when the shadow of a passing coffin falls over a young woman's face, which then contorts into the most terrifying expression I've ever seen. I don't know if it was CGI or not, but it's *really* creepy.)

It's not exactly non-stop terror and the young heroine's cluelessness occasionally gets irritating, but I still found it preferable to some of the earlier j- and k-horror movies that suffer from disjointed plots and ridiculous inconsistencies. Stylistically, it's much closer to the Pang brothers' Eye movies.