‘The Ancestral’: New Vietnamese Horror Is Ready To Haunt Your Dreams [Watch]

The Ancestral

When nightmares become reality and reality becomes nightmares, there is no escape. From renowned director Le-Van Kiet, SCREAMBOX Original The Ancestral will stream on May 2.

After suffering a family tragedy, a widower moves his two daughters to a centuries-old ancestral home. When both daughters fall prey to sleep paralysis and night terrors, their father seeks the help of a local psychologist. These chilling secrets and frightening visions eventually prove that not everything is what it seems in the old family house.

A haunting twist on sleep paralysis and trauma, The Ancestral held the top spot at the box office in its native Vietnam upon its theatrical debut last year. It’s written by Kiet with contributions from Vo Nguyen Dan. Lâm Thanh Mỹ (The Third Wife), Quang Tuấn, Mai Cát Vi (Furie), and Dieu Nhi star.

Kiet’s bold style first caught the eye of international audiences when his film Furie became Vietnam’s highest-grossing film of all time and was the country’s official Academy Awards submission for Best International Feature. He went on to direct the shark thriller The Requin starring Alicia Silverstone and Hulu’s The Princess starring Joey King.

“There’s a tremendous demand in the U.S. for Asian horror content. With a rich tradition of innovation and creativity, directors have never shied away from pushing the genre forward,” says Brad Miska, Managing Director of Bloody Disgusting. “Horror films that take place in the home, like The Ancestral, are a different level of unsettling, and I’m thrilled to share this terrifying film with our SCREAMBOX viewers.”

The Ancestral


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