Haunted School
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Yau Muk-kei.

The story begins with a 'Cryptkeeper' type narrator (a hopping vampire), introducing the tale. Lots of paper flutters everywhere, there's lightning and thunder, and the camera zooms and floats and turns all over the place. Spooky music plays. And then we cut to a school, where a number of students and teachers are introduced. Everything about the production is low budget and shoddy, and I dozed off shortly after that. When I woke up, a girl was screaming and pointing and everyone jumps and says "Ahhh! do you see a ghost!" and then she says, "Sorry, I was choking." and everyone relaxes. Groan. I nap some more. When I wake up again it looks like a group of students have found a treasure map of gold concealed by Japanese soldiers at the end of WWII. Some teachers are also on the expedition. They all head for some old dorm rooms (The Haunted School of the title). The ghosts finally appear, but all they do is stand there while everyone screams and runs around them.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 12, 2004.

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