IFC Midnight brings the latest big Vietnamese scare to American audiences with the upcoming release of The Housemaid. The film, originally titled Cô Haû Gaí, is a 2016 Vietnamese/South Korean gothic horror film written and directed by Derek Nguyen. The film stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud and Kim Xuan.
A haunting love story, the film follows a young orphaned girl who becomes a housemaid at an isolated mansion. Rumoured to be haunted, it isn’t long until our housemaid hears disembodied noises and develops strange dreams. It isn’t until the housemaid begins to fall inlove with the mansion’s widowed owner – that the spirits really start to awaken..
Check out the UK version of the trailer, above – and the original english poster art, below.
Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two—a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.
As reported by Variety, The Housemaid opened in theaters in Vietnam in September of 2016, and went on to earn a total of $1.56 million during its theatrical run. It is currently the third highest-grossing horror movie in Vietnam, where typically comedy films stronghold the box office.
IFC Midnight will release The Housemaid in theatres and on-demand February 16th, 2018. To keep up to date with the North American release, keep an eye on the film’s page over at IFC.