Judge David Johnson was visited by a ghost last night. At first it was scary, but it turns out they shared the same interests.
Sometimes they don't leave.
Who doesn't love Asian ghost stories full of cheapo jump scares? If you answered "Me!" thanks for the interaction with this review. It's appreciated. For readers down with this overseas-centric genre of horror, here's a "hungry ghost anthology" (their words), four tales directed by four Malaysian directors:
A few decent jump scares are about as terrifying as this segment gets, though said scenes only involve a girl in a red dress. But when she shows up unannounced in the darkened hallways of an asylum with poor acoustics, there's some shock potential. The twist ending is a winner.
PANTS-WETTING METER: 3 (a hint of dampness but otherwise dry and suitable for public appearance!)
• "Waiting for Them"
Yeah, there's not much suspense going on here as you'll have this endgame pegged from the start. Worse, this sucker is boring, tediously paced and lacking even the slightest scare. Those ghost legs? That's the extent of the spookiness.
PANTS-WETTING METER: 1 (bone dry!)
• "Nodding Scoop"
Some potential here, but it was ultimately flushed. What could have been an eerie "Don't mess with bringing back the dead" object lesson instead devolves into an erratic tale of two girls getting into a catfight and one of them getting possessed and slapping the other. Plus the video-camera POV is puzzlingly abandoned.
PANTS-WETTING METER: 1 (I'm ready to face the day, confident and wetness-free!)
• "Anybody Home"
And I'm not entirely what it is thanks to a convoluted ending. But points for the unique set-up. Very, very few shock moments, though that underwear scene is disturbing enough to warrant a bump in the meter.
PANTS-WETTING METER: 1 (on to more frightening things I suppose, like my 401k statement)
The DVD is no-frills: a mediocre full frame transfer, 2.0 stereo (Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles) and a making-of featurette.
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