A ‘Kiran Bernard Kutinha’ review

On the full moon of the seventh lunar month the gates of hell open and the spirits of the dead are free to roam among the living.

-Chinese myth

Not so a myth in this movie.

“Seventh moon” starring Tim Chiou as Yul and Amy Smart as Melissa written and directed by Eduardo Sanchez, brings to you a pretty good suspense/thriller that revolves around yesteryear’s Chinese myth of the moon demons and currently celebrated as the ghost festival in China.

The story is of Yul and Melissa visiting China on their honeymoon on the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar, the day according to Chinese tradition when ghosts and spirits, come out from the lower realm. The movie starts of showing the couple enjoying themselves, Melissa being an American and visiting China for the first time is shown to be fascinated by the place, its culture and also the celebration of the ghost festival ;treating it as just another carnival where sacrifices are made. Little do they know what is in store for them. The movie also involves a third character named Ping played by Dennis Chan who operates as their guide. En route to their honeymoon destination in the dead of night the guide loses his way through the country side and with no clue of their location, gets of the car to go find help but never returns. After which all hell breaks loose with the couple stranded in the middle of no where.

For people who enjoyed “The Blair Witch Project” directed by Eduardo Sanchez himself and other such films with shaky camera works are in for a treat. Although at some points the film is blurry but with a reason to keep you at the edge of your seat and wanting to see more of the creature like characters in the film. The shaky camera work gives you a feeling of being there in their presence and experiencing the trauma Yul and Melissa go through although it could be a bit nauseatingly for some viewers.

Although the acting performance isn’t all good, it is over shadowed by the excellent screenplay added with multiple shots, along with interesting night dark shots and some tense moments which give you the creeps at times through the movie.

The creature’s character creation is not all that new, as at times it reminds you of movies like “The Descent” and “I Am Legend”.

The movie in the end has bit of both – happy as well as sad ending but I would recommend you watch it for yourself and decide how you feel. The movie is worth a watch and I would give this one a 3 out of 5.

So grab something to munch and enjoy the movie.