Newlyweds Melissa and Yul find themselves at the mercy of the spirit world after their driver strands them in an abandoned town during the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts. The two try to find help in a neighboring village, but they are hunted by a pale-faced pack of ravening creatures in the night. BLAIR WITCH PROJECT co-creator Eduardo Sanchez helms this chilling Chinese ghost story with a surprising amount of atmosphere and suspense. Sanchez sets an oppressive mood through the use of his voyeuristic shooting style, subtle score, and jarring sound effects. The creatures are kept just out of focus throughout the adrenaline-fueled chase sequences in order to drive home the terror without spoiling the shocks in the end. Each of the scares are expertly timed to maximize the effect when the audience is least suspecting another assault on the senses. Amy Smart and Tim Chiou have a genuine chemistry on-screen that makes it easy to bond and relate to them in a pair of strong performances. The final scenes are also the most beautiful and frightening, although the underexposure of the film makes it extremely difficult to see much of the action. SEVENTH MOON is an underrated entry in supernatural Horror that will hopefully find a growing audience in the years to come.
If you liked SEVENTH MOON, check out:
VINYAN, THE GHOST, THE DESCENT.