Written and Directed by Derek Nguyen
Starring Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Kien An, Phi Phung
An IFC Midnight Release
(Images courtesy IFC Midnight)
If, as Tolstoy famously wrote, “each unhappy family is unhappy in it’s own way,” then the family unit assembled around Captain Sebastien Laurent on an isolated plantation in 1950’s Vietnam is one even he might’ve avoided chronicling. But Linh, a young woman alone in the world, needs work to keep starvation at bay, no matter how creepy the circumstances.
Thus begins The Housemaid, written and directed by Derek Nguyen and coming to selected theaters and VOD February 16 from IFC Midnight.
Compared to Japan, Thailand, and Cambodia,Vietnam has been underrepresented in the horror genre. Government disapproval may be one reason. According to Reuters, in 2007 the Vietnamese government warned filmmakers against producing ghost and horror movies “with incomprehensible plots and extreme horror.”
Whatever the subgenre, it is good to see more Asian horror making its way around the world. Here’s the trailer for The Housemaid –
The Housemaid will be available on demand and in select theaters February 16.
For more information, visit IFC Midnight.