Ngoi nga trong hem or House in the Alley was Vietnam’s horror flick of the year last 2012 and it was utterly popular that it was screened for over 7 times a day in some theaters, killing the local box office. It has now caught the attention of international distributors, mainly US buyers and news have spread that Pathfinder Films LTD. (a US film distributor) got lucky and acquired the rights to it last month. And what does this mean? As always, an English subbed trailer and a very probable DVD release.
Directed by Le Van Kiet and starring Veronica Ngo, the film has garnered over 10 billion Vietnamese dong (roughly USD 480,000) after its first week of being released and on Valentine’s Day itself, it earned over VND 2.4 million.
House in the Alley is about a young successful couple, Thanh and Thao, living in Saigon and are about to start a new chapter in their married life: parenthood.
However, that dream becomes a nightmare, with the violent death of their son. Thanh begins to see a drastic change in Thao, and becomes concerned. She is withdrawn, compulsive, and prone to hallucination. But he can only do his best, also handling a major crisis with his business. Their house itself changes. Scratches appear on walls, furniture is vandalized, something is haunting them. Wracked with guilt and isolated, Thao is convinced their son is cursing them from the grave. Thao becomes almost unrecognizable as the paranormal takes over her body. Tormented by the thought of losing his wife, Thanh searches for clues to the history behind their house past, uncovering a secret many hoped to forget.