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Ghost Month

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Cast:Rick Irvin, Marina Resa

Director: Danny Draven


Year: 2009


An unassuming housekeeper drawn into a terrifying world of vengeful apparitions. According to the Chinese calendar, the seventh month of every year marks the time when the restless spirits of the dead break free from the gates of hell to mix among the mortals. During this time, specific rules must be followed to avoid falling prey to the spirits of the damned. When a solitude-seeking housekeeper arrives at the desert home of a superstitious Chinese woman and her devoutly religious aunt, death senses an opportunity to extend its grip into the mortal realm.

Director, Danny Draven attempts an American take on what Asian Cinema has become famous for...he has made a ghost story similar in many ways to loads of Asian horror movies. There has been many films made outside of where this genre first took off from but sadly I must say most have failed. Even the U.S. remakes of such Asian classics like, "The Ring" and "Dark Water" failed terribly compared to their originals. So for starters I got to give David lots of credit for making this film and taking the chance. Done on a low budget Ghost Month opens with a your woman by the name of Alyssa who arrives at the home of Miss Wu to take on a job as her housekeeper. She has taken the job not only for the money but for a change and a way to escape from her crazy boyfriend who has not stopped bugging her since she broke up with him. As she is arriving in time for the Chinese Ghost Month it is very important to follow certain rules, done of which she is told about till after she breaks the rule not knowing any better. Right from the beginning you get a sense that something isn't right with the owners, Miss Wu's Aunt Chen does not speak English but you still get the feeling she is hiding something, a dark secret perhaps. The film has some nice "traditional" ghost story scares and the plot and pacing are very well done. The cinematography is also very nice considering the film's budget. But what I thought made this a pretty good film was the multiple twists along the way and mainly towards the end. Just when you think you have it figured out the film tosses another twist into the mix and when you think that it is over again your wrong and the suspense continues. The film does borrow from other Asian movies like it but it also brings a new ideas to the table as well. Ghost Month certainly is not ground-breaking but I do think it took an old idea and brought some freshness to it as well as supplying some nice scares,jumps and numerous twists that keep you guessing. If you like the genre or are a fan of Asian Horror then I recommend picking this up as I found it to be an entertaining film. Released by North American Motion Pictures. *** Out Of *****