The Asian horror explosion that began in the early 2000’s may have come and gone but it’s poised to make a comeback. Fantastic genre films from that part of the world are being shown regularly at film festivals and every year sees new titles that draw critical praise.
Enter Derek Nguyen’s The Housemaid, which follows a young woman that finds employment as a, you guessed it, housemaid on a rubber plantation in mid-20th century Vietnam. Her romance with the owner leads to the awakening of the ghost of the owner’s deceased wife, setting in motion a series of frightening and haunting events.
Today, we’ve got an exclusive clip for the film, which comes out this Friday. You can see it below.
A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.
Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.
Derek Nguyen directs with Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner all starring. IFC Midnight will release The Housemaid in select theaters, VOD, and digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.
A U.S. remake has already been announced.