The Death Curse

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The Death Curse
Traditional Chinese 古宅心慌慌
Directed by Cheang Pou-soi
Written by Ng Wing Kei
Szeto Kam Yuen
Nicholl Tang Nik Kei
Produced by Amy Tsui
Starring Steven Cheung
Charlene Choi
Gillian Chung
Alex Fong Chung-Sun
Kenny Kwan
Raymond Wong Ho-Yin
Cinematography Peter Ngor Chi Kwan
Edited by Wong Wing Ming
Music by Lincoln Lo Kin
Release date
  • 11 June 2003 (2003-06-11)(Hong Kong)
Running time
86 min
CountryHong Kong

The Death Curse (Chinese :古宅心慌慌) is a 2003 comedy horror film. It was directed by Soi Cheang Pou-Soi and produced by Amy Tsui. Its popularity was due primarily to its cast, which contained several members of Hong Kong bands.




Sharon Wong of New Straits Times wrote, "You probably wouldn't be scared much, and although certain scenes do contain a chill factor, this quickly dissipates. However, The Death Curse is sufficient entertainment for a dreary afternoon." [2] In the Malay Mail , Lim Chang Moh wrote, "Don't expect great acting and you won't be disappointed. The young stars are nice to look at, even if they appear awkward at times." [3]

Variety film critic Derek Elley stated, "Hong Kong pop duo Twins teams with its newer male equivalent, Boy'z, for some light fun 'n' thrills in The Death Curse, a Mainland-shot haunted house movie by promising helmer Soi Cheang (Horror Hotline … Big-Head Monster). The jury's still out on whether Cheang can marshal his early low-budget invention to more mainstream fare, but Twins fans and fantasy fests will want to check out this almost traditional, CGI-light item." [4]

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  1. "古宅心慌慌" [The Death Curse]. 电影评介 (in Chinese) (11). 2003. Archived from the original on 26 June 2022. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  2. Wong, Sharon (11 November 2003). "All tied up in familial love". New Straits Times . ProQuest   271747516. Archived from the original on 26 June 2022. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
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