Sarah's husband's uncle dies, so they, along with their 6 year old son, have to go back to Shanghai for the funeral. The same time that they are going back, it happens to be "Ghost Month" in China. Weird things start happening with their son, and they try to find the reason for what is happening. In the search for what's going on, they stumble upon a secret that the hunsband's uncle possibly was involved with.
I'm not a fan of Asian (or in this case, Asian-related) ghost films at all. I'd be lying if I said I've seen them all, but I've seen enough to know that it's not my taste. I kinda like the film "Shutter", and with that in mind, I hoped that this film would be in the lines of that.
It started out way more interesting than the rest of the film was. The first scene we see is the death of the uncle (who's funeral the family is going to later), and it's clear that it's a ghost film, but I was actually surprised to see that the ghost that kills him actually was more a monster / demon, so I thought that this might be a film I could get into. I'm a big fan of monsters and demons, so it would be pretty cool to mix that into the typical Asian ghosts. Right? Well, yes, it would be, but this film is not like that at all. I was bummed out to see that the film quickly turns to your way too typical ghost mystery involving a girl ghost and a boy who can see her. Trying not to let this ruin everything for me, I kept watching. It was a little slow at first, and we didn't really find out right away that the film would be about a girl ghost, because the boy saw other dead people too. Anyway, to the story. The family of Sarah, her husband Jason, and their son Sam goes to Shanghai for the funeral. Her husband has to go back because of work, and it doesn't take long before all hell breaks loose for the mother and the son. The son becomes ill, and his hands are covered in something black. No one knows what has happened, of course. Sarah tries to figure things out, and like always there is someone who knows exactly what is happening so he helps Sarah to figure out a way to get her son back. I say back, because apparently the dead has taken his soul, and he has to get it back before the "Ghost Month", as they call it, is over, otherwise his soul is trapped in the other world. So exciting and awesome, right? No. It's not exciting and awesome. However, it is better than shitfests like "The Ring" (and "Ringu"). The back cover of the DVD says "Better than "The Grudge" and "Pulse"", and I haven't seen "Pulse" but it's way better than "The Grudge", that much I can give it. I was interested enough to follow the story, and I wouldn't say I was bored with it, but the film is so far away from being original in any department that I'm pretty sure I will forget about this film soon enough.
The special effects and the little gore the film has to offer was decent so that saved the film from alot of embarrassing moments. It didn't need that much of either, and I think the filmmakers were wise not to overdo it. This way, the few special effects we see are a treat, but don't expect them to be above average.
The entire film is average, and people who have some sort of Asian ghost-fetish will enjoy this way more than I did. It's better than I expected, and it didn't bore me out completely, so I guess that's always something. I won't be watching this film again anytime soon, but I won't rant about it like I do with many other shitty films. Keep away if you're sick of the typical stuff, because this is not original. And I'm sorry if I keep repeating how unoriginal and average this is.