Friday, 5 October 2007

The Maid (2005)

This horror flick is in this list for a number of reasons. This is a few films come out of Singapore. Living in the Sin City - as the locals nicknamed this island state - for the last 3 years have alerted me to the fact that the Hungry Ghost Festival is an important tradition to the Chinese speaking Singaporean community.

The Maid 2005And I've regularly heard from office workers who spoke about the many superstitious beliefs about this festival in dinner conversations. And this film certainly explores many aspects of these superstitions and customs, including such things as the death marriage (a concept, much less practised these days, is also appeared in My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2007)). Because of this, I'm quite sure that this horror flick would be much more scary to the locals than the audience who aren't soaked into their bones with scary bed time stories relating to this ghost month while they're growing up. This film is about exploiting these fears that have been crept into every Singaporean (and Chinese in other parts of Asia).

This is a great film for people who are interested in the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival rather being freaked out. I wrote a couple of entries about the festival: Ghosts on Parole and 2 Chinese Ancient Festivals.

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