Conjuring Spirit (鬼宅 Chung Cu’Ma) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com
Recommended Audience: Fans of Phuong Mai, Quang Su, Hoang Phuc, Chi Pu, Hoai An, La Thien Cam, Van M. Pham and Vietnamese Horror movie fans
Conjuring Spirit (鬼宅) Movie Synopsis
Lan, a detective fiction author couldn’t bear the pain due to her husband’s betrayal and decided to leave home and moved to an rented apartment in an old building with her 5 year-old son, Bi. Among her neighbors, there was Thao, who’s living with her husband and their stubborn teenage daughter, Ngoc and Vu – an amateur musician.
The trauma caused by her husband’s betrayal affected Lan badly and resulted in many nightmares. She consulted a therapist and was put on a medication. One day, Bi was given a music box by Mrs. Chu, the building supervisor, and since then, the nightmares became more rapid.
Lan and her neighbor Vu attempted to solve the mysteries happening in the building, and realized that the strange happenings originate from the music box… Who is the true owner of the music box? Could it be a malicious spirit seeking revenge or otherwise?
Conjuring Spirit (鬼宅) Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***
Conjuring Spirit (鬼宅) Movie Review:
Conjuring Spirit is Singapore’s first Vietnamese Horror film and can be easily be mistaken as a Thai horror film. Is that a compliment? I hope so, since Thailand is known for their horror films. I was expecting a pure horror film, but luckily, there were elements of comedy in it.
For horror film enthusiast (who prefer extreme horror or gore), you might be a tad disappointed by the somewhat amateur-ish and illogical horror effect, especially when the “key object” exploded. But for me, I quite like the gradual psychological build-up, with sudden comedic effects to lighten the mood, instead of the typical scaring-for-the-sake-of-scaring-effects in most horror films. Scare factor is about 2.5/5. So those who like horror films but are scared of them can try watching this! 🙂
The person in charge of the comedic effect, is the eye-candy neighbour Vu (Quang Sự). With him around, the scariest scenes can become somewhat amusing. And one thing you will learn from him, how do you “see” a spirit? Just see through a phone!
Lan’s 5 year old son, Bi is my favourite character in the film. He was adorable, sweet and the kind of son you will want in future. I was able to relate to him the most, perhaps because I did a stage production back in Junior College where my role was similar to his – as a little girl who can… oh well, let’s not spoil the story. But it was amazing watching him cry and asking for help, and I was so saddened by the story twist in the end that I cried.
Lan, the protagonist of the film, did a pretty good job depicting a single mum, an author and a haunted victim all at once. Her character was a little odd initially, but I took it as the weird behaviour of the a novelist.
This is one of the few rare films that got me with their ending, although I did have that notion right at the start, I dismissed that thought as the story continued. There were certain parts which managed to give me goosebumps with their atmosphere and sound effects, so it is definitely a good attempt for director Van M. Pham.
I will say, there’s no harm catching it after your work on a weekday evening for a little scare!
Do You Know?
Actress Phuong Mai (Lan) revealed that she was so spooked on the set of Conjuring Spirit that her on-screen nightmares made her sleepless in real life. “I still feel creeped out by the sound of the spooky music box. When filming was over, I had to get out of the set immediately and ‘release’ myself from my character in places where there are a lot of light.”
Conjuring Spirit is Director Van M. Pham first Vietnamese-language feature after the American production Beyond The Mat. He wanted to make the film a comedy-driven horror film “that have both scary and exciting moments as well as a little bit of comedy. The original script called for 20% horror elements and 80% comedy.” Van studied a few other Vietnamese horror films to learn what to avoid when making his own movie.
The film which took 42 days to shoot also stars Quang Su and Vietnamese-American actor Tien Pham as Lan’s unfaithful husband.
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Conjuring Spirit (鬼宅) is out in cinemas on 14 May 2015.
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22 thoughts on “Conjuring Spirit (鬼宅 Chung Cu’Ma) Movie Review”
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I’m scared.. not really into terror movie… The way you write the review pun make me feels scary already.. probably I’m too timid.. LOL
The poster looks really scary but when i read your review its not too scary. There are elements of light comedy too. We do not have this movie screening here.
This would be an excellent for scarefest. Even the actors got a scare during the filming.
How lucky for you that they show these vietnamese films where you are! We hardly get Asian movies in our country. Very rare, very Hollywood centric. – Fred
I’m a fan of horror movies especially suspense/thriller movies from Asia! I would have loved to watch this but after you’ve mentioned there’s some comedy, I might give this a pass. I’m more into extreme jump scares. But I guess, this is a great movie for those who loves to scare themselves but not too much.
Never ever call me for horror movie date please~ I can’t stand any single scene! You are so brave my dear!
Ok babe, I must admit, I can barely bring myself to look pass that poster – I really am not into horror movies!! Somehow the 80% comedy bit did not quite come through!!
Ok babe – I admit, one look at the horror movie poster and I was out of there! Somehow that 80% comedy thing did not quite come through!
i get bored of horror movies as they don’t have that oomph. i don’t get scared easily and this deep doesn’t seem to fit the bill
I actually dont watch the horror movies but your review looks very nice. I will share it with my hubby he will love to watch it.
OMG that is creepy! I’m referring to the cover photo and as the above commenter mentioned^^^, the editing of the blog post.
I think this movie is not associated with Conjuring? Anyway, I like watching horror movies too, I hope to see this in our local theater
I’ve heard of conjuring! I just don’t remember who wrote about it. Sounds like a great movie…I’m curious about the protagonist’s character now that you mentioned that you were weirded out by her characterization but at the same time, she did well in it.
horror movies are better if there is comedy in there too:)
Another horror movie to reckon with and I think it’ll give moviegoers their fear inside. Hope more dreadful scenes on this movie.
Always love how detailed your movie reviews are – not a fan of horror movies so doubt I will be watching this 🙁 x
Sounds interesting. I like watching horror movies. Your review convinced me to look for this movie.
I have enough of horror films lately, but one more would do me no harm.. Seems this is a good film. Nice review again.
Just from the poster, I can already tell how terrifying this flick is! Haha! Would love to watch with friends 😀
oh my… another horror movie.. i love to watch but i need somebody to accompany me. hihihi .. i get a little scared sometime…
I applaud you for reviewing a film that isn’t widely recognized but…your grasp on the English language is dreadful. You’ve got the layout for your blog all nice and snug but the actual writing is just awful. I really don’t think blogging should be your thing. And if you strongly disagree, hire an editor (Not one of your friends) to help you out.