Starring: Alessandra de Rossi,Huifang Hong, Benny Soh, Zhenwei Guan, &
Shucheng Chen

Director: Kelvin Tong

Synopsis: In Chinese superstition, the seventh month of the lunar calendar
is regarded as the month when the gates of hell open for forsaken spirits to
walk the earth for 30 days. Unknown to Rosa, she arrives on the eve and her
hell is about to begin.


Today we will not be reviewing a Korean or Japanese horror movie like we
usually do. Instead we are visiting Singapore, but that doesn't make the
movie any different then the others we have seen as of late; It's still
mediocre. The Maid tells the story of Rosa. Rosa leaves the Philippines and
moves to Singapore to start a new life as a maid for a middle aged couple
and their mentally disabled son. She just happens to come at a time where in
China it is believed that during the lunar seventh month, ghosts are able to
walk the earth. Rosa not believing in such things goes about disobeying
every rule that she can, not on purpose mind you, she just doesn't know the
culture well enough to know what is going on; though shes been told the
rules. Soon she begins to feel that something is not right in her employers
house. When she learns of the disappearance of the maid that worked there
before her, she begins to investigate what could have happened.

The premise sounded good when I first read it, but while watching the movie
I got bored. It just reminded me way too much of 'The Eye'. This movie did
have the biggest opening in Singapore history earning $700,000 (that's in
U.S. dollars), also being Singapore's first homegrown horror movie. The
acting was good however. Alessandra de Rossi, who played Rosa, did well in
her role. Being a good actress she has won two FAMAS awards for best
supporting actress and won an award for best actress at the Gawad Urian
Awards. But she played stereo-typical roles of a girl trying to solve a ghost
mystery; I would like to see her in other movies since she is a huge star in
the Philippines and I would not want to base her whole acting career on just
this movie. The movie also worked a bit like 'Perth' did where there was a
mixture of different languages used, including English, Filipino, Teochew and

The movie also lacked gore. Some people jumping off of buildings, burning
bodies and some ghostly apparitions is all that you will really get from this
movie. Kelvin Tong's previous work was 'Eating Air back' in 1999. I have not
seen that movie but I can tell you that it is not a horror film. After seeing The
Maid I would be interested in seeing his other films. He does have a good eye
when it comes to scenes and actors, but he lack creativity in writing an
original horror script. His little twist at the end was a bit different, but not on
the "edge of your seat" type of thing. The Maid isn't really a movie I would
recommend to people interested in Asian horror stuff. If you're sick of seeing
the same movie, then I wouldn't recommend this to you. Nor would I
recommend this movie to horror fans in general. I got bored with this and it
did not reawaken my love for Asian horror.

Overall: 5/10
Genres: Horror


Country: Singapore

Year: 2005

Runtime: 93 minutes

Studio: Tartan Video


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