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The Heirloom back to product details

Dull, slow-paced, and pretentious
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written by nhunter April 6, 2008 - 3:03 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The leads are pretty enough to look at and the cinematography is of a good standard, but apart from that there is very little to recommend this film. The plot is preposterous and there was not a single scary moment. The film fails both as drama and as horror.

Okay Drama, Crappy Horror
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written by Maasgarid September 27, 2006 - 11:44 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I cross-referenced this film from another Asian horror flick here at GreenCine, and it came highly recommended. I had previously rented another similar film under the Tartan Extreme banner (the disappointing "Pray") and I tried to go into this film with an open mind. I'm sad to say the film was similarly disappointing.

The plot, about a young man's efforts to uncover details surrounding a curse on his family, and eventually to try and dispel the curse altogether, is serviceable. The actors are nice to look at, and they seem to fit their roles well. The set design is very nice; the creepy mansion where most of the film takes place looks real, akin to the hospital in "Session 9".

The movie just isn't scary at all.

When I watch a horror film, I expect to be scared, or at least unsettled. With "The Heirloom", I kept looking at the counter on my DVD player, wondering when the film would be over, or at least when it would get to the good stuff. There were many setups for "money shots" in the film, but none of them paid off.

If you watch this film, watch it as a drama. Seen that way, the lack of scares isn't really a drawback, and I would imagine the ending has a lot more emotional impact. As a horror film, though, "The Heirloom" utterly fails.

not bad at all!
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written by JTabor May 22, 2006 - 10:59 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I wasn't expecting much going into this one but by the end, I was "at the edge of my seat," so to speak. There were a few loose ends that bothered me because they were never explained, but taken as a whole, I enjoyed the movie. The Chang family history had such an interesting story that Leste Chen (the director) could have made another movie entirely of that. Anyway, it is worth the hour and a half of your time. I wasn't disappointed.

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