Stills of "The Haunted School"
(Courtesy from Shaw)
Genre: Horror/Thriller Director: Chin Man Kei Starring: Chui Tien You, Don Li, Steven Cheung
(Boyz), Dennis Mak (Boyz), Theresa Fu, Toby Leung, Macy Chan,
Kelly Fu RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins Released By: Shaw Rating: PG
Opening Day: 15 March 2007
Since a fire broke out in Lap Lan Secondary School ten years
ago. There is always a silhouette on the wall, coupled with
eerie singing in the middle of the night, resulting in all
kinds of scary and disturbing rumours being spread in the
Lan Secondary School is a girl school. However, under the
new education policy, Goh Keung, Charles, Ben and Dick are
assigned to Lap Lan Secondary School to continue their education.
four boys found excitement among the boring boarding girl
school. As love and rebellion are the given right of the youngster
- no matter how the Dean of the school has forbid the romantic
relationships between the guys and gals.
a secret party, love blossomed among the youngsters. Unknowingly,
the relationships had revived a hidden curse which haunted
the school ten years ago…
soon, Dick, Ah Sze and Cat went missing and found dead bizarrely.
The death of their schoolmates caused Goh Keung and Yat Man
great distress, and the two were on the verge of breaking
down. After much consideration, the two decided to challenge
the rule of “Students are forbid to fall in love”,
which they found totally unreasonable, hoping that this will
lead them to the cause of their classmates’ death.
the meantime, the old school office which is destroyed by
the blaze ten years ago, appear again with the ghost of the
Dean… Step by step, the cursed spirit of the Dean traced
the lovebirds, confronting their mutiny against the school
The Haunted School is a movie in the classic popcorn horror
flick mould. You get lots of pretty faces looking fearful
and lost, an evil, long-haired female ghost and plenty if
in your face audio-visual scare effects. When watched with
little expectations, The Haunted School is a fun, if at times
abysmally hilarious, ride for anyone looking for a scare.
by veteran Andrew Lau, the Haunted School reaches a level
of production value that is considerably high for a horror
production. The special and visual effects are more than believable
and visually eye-catching although the film was let down by
the horrible rendering of the female headmistress ghost near
the end. Doors materialize amidst flaming effects on walls;
spirits and ghosts appear without you knowing long before
and nothing appeared like cheesy amusement park horror mansion
expect much from this movie, story-wise, however. The movie
tells of a haunted school, troubled by the lingering-spirit
of an ex-headmistress. She had been murdered by the wife of
the school principal upon the discovery of their affair. As
a result, she kills all students who break the school’s
rules. The rules include no gambling, no smoking, no untidy
uniform and, the craziest of all, rule number one: no falling
in love. Yes, students get killed for falling in love, a simply
substandard offering by scriptwriter Lui Koon Nam.
rather far-flung and tenuous plot line fuels the entire movie,
as a group of students try their best to solve the mystery
and exorcise the headmistress ghost. The acting is nothing
more than mediocre, especially given the uninspiring screenplay.
The two main characters, a student couple, ultimately use
their love for each other and the help of their form teacher
(whose mother was the wife of the principal) to exorcise the
Haunted School plays like a horror film aimed at the younger
generation; with a eye-candy cast and fast-paced plot movement
and dramatic scenes. Starring the members of boyband group
Boyz, the likes of Steven Cheung and Dennis Mak clearly up
the eye candy factor by playing the role of boys who are fresh
intakes in an all-girls school that goes ga-ga over them.
movie addicts will find familiar territory in this one, though
it might not be sufficient to satisfy them all. One finds
the usual emaciated limbs crawling awkwardly up walls towards
the victims, loud shrieking, screams as well as laughter throughout
the film. Doors slam repeatedly and creak like thousand-year
old rocking chairs when pried open, while an old lady in a
trance-like state add to the spook factor with her constant
mumbling and cleaning mysterious shadows on school walls.
Be warned though, at the beginning, the shrieking voice effects
were unglamourously overdone, often times hurting my ears
quite a bit.
The film, despite its teen romance potential and the potential
pitfalls of gore and bloodshed in a commercial horror thriller,
refrains from any sexual, even sensual scenes. Victims are
also “disposed of” with little unnecessary gore,
with the most extreme probably being a suicide death by one
of the schoolgirls from the top of the school building. Parents
with young children, however, should still exercise caution.
In any case, the plotline and thematic nature of the film
gives little attraction for anyone not in their teens yet.
A very passable film which, however, gets sorely let down
by a totally uncalled-for and abysmal twist in a torridly
(A generic popcorn horror flick with enough scares
but a paper-thin plot)