The Maid is a Singaporean horror film telling of a maid who has to acclimatize herself to the customs of the Chinese Ghost Month, during which she struggles with supernatural experiences as well as working for a family with many secrets.
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Not so scary
It was based on quite a scary true story - to be honest, it was a good movie when it first came out. As a primary school kid, I was scared out of my wits. In fact, it was actually one of the better movies in the year.
Looking back on the movie, I found it to be rather silly for me to scared back then. The quality of the film is shabby and the visual effects are hardly convincing, making me doubt my lack of a 'mojo' for scary things. Or maybe I just became more brave.
Posters contains the epitome of freakiness
I recalled the buzz surrounding this movie. It was everywhere. Posters, newspapers, TV advertisements. Even the hubbub involving Kai Kai and Jia Jia could not defeat The Maid's revolution.
I wasn't permitted to watch the show in cinemas thanks to my secondary school uniform. However, my older peers who caught it described the show vividly till it wasn't even hard to envision it. Terrifying, they said. Obviously. What did they expect from a horror genre movie? Even the posters for this movie betrayed hints that it revolves around the word "horror".
Neither Channel 5 nor 8 seemed keen to broadcast this show on national television. I scoured Singapore for it's DVD but to no avail either. How now brown cow, am I suppose to watch this local production?
Scary is an under-statement.
I first watched this movie at a fairly young age, and I went in thinking it would be more lame than scary. Boy was I wrong. This movie gave me a fear of shop houses for a long while, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go into one at night let alone live in it.
The whole movie felt so real, and I really felt like I was transported there. I guess it was so easily relatable due to the Singaporean backdrop. Putting fear aside, I have to say that I was really impressed with the quality of the movie. The actors were really good, and it didn’t feel like a more dramatic Singapore, it felt like the real Singapore.
The Maid is one of my favourite horror shows of all time, while it is not as scary, it definitely makes up for it in quality for me. The lead actress is really good, and the movie is artistically filmed, and uses many Chinese folk stories which makes the story line very convincing for me.
It is also a lovely movie because it is based so much on the stories that surrounds the Chinese Ghost month in Singapore and to see these stories being brought to life pretty awesome.
This may seem like a generic movie which uses cheap tricks to someone who does not know the horror stories which surround the ghost month, however, to any local Singaporeans, it is definitely worth watching.
Not scary, but interesting plot.
The poster on the large billboards looked so scary i was actually enticed to want to watch it. However, i couldn't meet the age requirements. But luckily for that, it aired on TV for umpteen times and i have seen it more than 3 times.
After watching, what actually seemed really creepy wasn't at all. In my opinion, that is. A major part of the show came from sound effects, which just makes viewers echo "fake". With a large portion of its scariness attributing from the effects, its a wonder many do not feel afraid. Which in this case is rather a failure since it was meant to be scary.
However, i pretty like the plot, it did entice me and suck me into the show for the entire time and not lull me to sleep. For a singapore production, i must say it is not too bad. Playing on the seventh month and the ghost festival theme, i must say that is rather refreshing and different from other horror shows.
Creepy and chilling
The Maid, in my opinion, is the best local horror film in recent history. For any horror movie buff, this is a definite must-watch.
Alessandra de Rossi headlines this film - as a relatively new actress in the industry, she puts in such a convincing and impressive performance that you will not forget in years to come. Together with veterans like Chen Shucheng and Hong Huifang and directed by Kelvin Tong, this movie is a complete hit. Its special effects and makeup are genuine enough to elicit scares from its audience, and its plot is carefully and meticulously constructed, making the movie believable. You could almost picture it happening in real life.
Good acting, interesting storyline - this movie has all the makings of a winner.