The Matrimony *1/2
Directed by Hua-Tao Teng
Written by Qianling Yang and Jialu Zhang
This Film Has Not Yet Been Rated, but would probably be a PG-13 for scary scenes.
It's a shame that my festival was made imperfect with "The Matrimony," which was such a sad and pitiful horror film that for a second I thought that it was made by an American director. And I'm sure that in the future this will be remade with someone like Jennifer Love Hewitt. "The Matrimony" tells the story of doomed love-Junchu wants to marry Manli, until Manli is killed in a horrible accident. As per his mothers wish, Junchu marries Sansan but refuses to touch her or even take a part in her life. Sansan eventually unlocks the mysteries of Manli, and Manli visits her and tries to possess her body to be close to Junchu again. "The Matrimony" just isn't scary-and it offered nothing memorable in any way. The actually jump scenes are either extremely forced, or are just based on the most unscary things-at one point there is scary music accompanying a woman seeing her own reflection in a mirror. Any creepy atmosphere is also destroyed by the over the top nature the film has. "The Matrimony" is competing for the audience award, which gives 25,000 dollars to the winning director of the winning film. This does not stand a chance, and it's participation in the festival cheapens the whole affair. Based on the future selections I have a feeling that "The Matrimony" will be crowned the worst of the fourteen next week.