The case for this flix claims that it's "from the makers of the EVIL DEAD trilogy". Yeah, sure. Only in the sense that they picked it up for distribution, and after seeing it I have no idea why anyone would want to distribute this flick. I was looking forward to a film set in China that would deal with gods and demons from that culture, but what I got was a mishmash of half thought out ideas that broke down into another run and scream fest. With a lot more script work and a better director there could have been something here. I rarely give out only 2 stars, but this only really deserves 'em. Hey Sam, choose your Ghost House films a little more carefully. There are good independent flix out there looking for distributors. Have you ever met Maurice Devereaux?
Plot wise we have a young couple on their honeymoon in mainland China where husband Yul's family still lives, and he thinks it would be a great idea to kill two birds with one metaphorical stone and use this trip to introduce his new kwailo wife to the folks. Their visit coincides with the Hungry Ghost Festival which occurs in the month of the seventh full moon when, according to legend, all the dead are released from hell and return to earth. After a day spent enjoying the festival in the city their guide loads his drunken charges into a car and they all head out into the country in the general direction of Yul's relatives. They never get there of course.
The acting is adequate for a film of this type. It's always nice to see an Asian male (Tim Chiou as Yul) in a leading role even though you know he'll probably bite the dust since this is the era of the woman-surviving-against-all-odds cliche, and Amy Smart as his young wife Mel runs and screams and cries with the best of them. Eduardo Sanchez's direction is uninspired--but with a script like this who would be? That script, the less said the better. Oy! All the critical action takes place at night obviously and I advise you to have the aspirin right next to you because you're gonna need it for the eyestrain headache this ill-lit flick is going to leave you with. Do yourself a big favor and avoid this one like the proverbial plague.