Director – Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang
Cast – Angelica Lee, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon, Yut Lai So, Candy Lo, Yin Ping Ko, Pierre Png, Edmund Chen
Release Year – 2002
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This is by far one of my favorite horror films ever. The Pang brothers really struck gold with this film, and I’m sure you will agree with me once you see this horror masterpiece. If you are one of those horror buffs who has seen so many horror flicks that nothing scares you(I thought I was that way) then this movie is what you need, it WILL scare you.
The story revolves around a young blind woman who decides to have a cornea transplant to restore her vision. Once she is able to see again, she begins to see ghosts and other visions of traumatic events taking place in the near future(I‘m sure you are thinking “Is this The Sixth Sense part 2?”). In order for her to figure out why she is seeing such horrible things, she must start to search for information on the person she got her transplant from. However, once she learns the history of her unlucky donor, she must solve a mystery in order to save her own life from her donor’s nightmare.
I will tell you right now…the scares in this film are great. The quality of the scares, thanks highly in part to the atmosphere created “pre-scare” is amazing. Now keep in mind, this movie is not full of scares left and right. I believe there are only 3 or 4(mattering how spookable you are) scares, but they are such epic scares that you will be satisfied until the next one arrives. The story on this film is great, as well as the visual effects. I really liked how the “blurry ghosts” looked when our lead was adjusting to her eyesight. Pretty damn creepy! The acting in this film was above par as well, which always helps when it comes to enjoying a film.
If I have any complaints about this film…they are small(although this is the longest paragraph? Wha???). This film does get somewhat slow during when we are watching the characters try and figure out the mystery behind why she is seeing what she sees. Those scenes were not a huge bother of course because they are vital to the story, but I did find myself slightly bored on some scenes that could have benefited from being cut a few minutes shorter(or maybe I have ADD?. My final complaint is a weird one, I feel I am only bothered by this due to how good the scares were. I was really saddened that we did not witness any good scares towards the end of the film! Like I said there were 3 to 4 good scares, with the last scare being with roughly 30 minutes left in the movie! With the great scares that this film had, you simply cannot sit there 30 minutes after the last scare and be completely satisfied. I would have liked this scenario much better if we witnessed a good scare 20 minutes after the last one in the film. Example: The girl crawling down the stairs at the end of The Grudge was great, it was placed perfectly. If that was the last scare and it happened 20 to 30 minutes before it did, we viewers would have lost much interest in the film.
Overall, I definitely recommend everyone see this movie! The scares are great, and the story is great. You will not be disappointed and I PROMISE you this will scare you better than any of the recent Hollywood vomit we have been presented with on screen.
– I ranked this film #23 in my Top 50 Horror Movies of the Decade(21-30) post.