Monday, June 29, 2009

Wishing Stairs (2003)

There is something that is just right in all three of the Ghost School films. They are original, spooky, twisted, and intelligent. Wishing Stairs captures the same look and feel of the previous two films, while offering another unique ghost revenge plot packed with jealousy, betrayal, and obsession. Another class of girls at the nefarious boarding school begin to have their wishes granted by a magic staircase, but they are quick to spoil the gifts on petty rivalries that lead to evil ends. The film is beautifully shot and acted well, factors that enhance the character driven plot and maintain interest throughout the slow and dramatic build. There are several perfectly framed shots that are frightening but subtle, none of which fall back on the now conventional Asian ghost cliches. It also has a built-in mythology that is hinted at but not fully explored, adding a hint of mystery and fantasy to the horror. This one can be enjoyed separately, but is a nice bookend to the series started in Whispering Corridors and followed by the superior Memento Mori.

Rating: 8/10.



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2 comments:

  1. I bought Wishing Stairs last week and I've got to say that it was a simple movie but I love the actings! I like what they feature here, it's like an ordinary life that when you watch it you'll remember you're school days. I will never forget this film.

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  2. I hope you had the chance to see Whispering Corridors and Memento Mori as well, Memento was one of the best Asian ghost films I have seen in a very long time! They are all part of the Ghost School trilogy, so they comes highly recommended. Also, be sure not to miss A Tale of Two Sisters if you havent seen it already!

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