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With: Terri Kwan, Jason Chang, Chang Yu-chen, Tender Huang, Lu Yi-chang, Cheng Kuo-cheng, Lin Ching-ching
Written by: Dorian Li
Directed by: Leste Chen
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Running Time: 97
Date: 03/19/2013
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The Heirloom (2005)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

House Trap

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This latest entry in the current deluge of Japanese horror films actually comes from Taiwan, but it keeps the same spirit. It's yet another haunted house story in which a young architect James (Jason Chang) inherits the gloomy place and moves in with his girlfriend, ballet dancer Yo (Terri Kwan). For some reason people they know unexpectedly begin waking up in the house without knowing how they got there. Other weird stuff starts to happen. Yo begins investigating and comes upon the secret of the house, which is not nearly as interesting as the creepy stuff. In fact, it casts a sour gloom over the whole proceedings, sapping the fun away. Check out the recent The Booth for an example of how to properly structure one of these horror flicks.

DVD Details: Tartan Video has released The Heirloom (as well as The Booth) to DVD. It comes with a commentary track, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, optional English and Spanish subtitles, and trailers.

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