I’m a sucker for anthology films. I love horror stories that are short and to the point, so naturally, I eat up movies that contain three or four (or sometimes more!) of them. For example, I’m a huge fan of Dead of Night, Creepshow, and the old Amicus anthologies, and I recently saw a trailer for a new film that just might work its way onto that list: Vietnamese Horror Story.
The movie contains three stories inspired by real Vietnamese urban legends and folklore, and that alone is enough to pique my interest. See, one of my big criticisms of American horror is that it’s a bit too American. Sure, I love my home country and its culture as much as anyone else, but we Americans aren’t the only people who have cool stories to tell. There’s a whole world of creepy stuff out there just waiting to be put on screen, so I absolutely love watching films based on other countries’ legends and lore. And with Vietnamese Horror Story, that’s exactly what we’ll be getting.
So like I said, the premise alone is enough to get me excited for this movie, and when you add in the trailer, Vietnamese Horror Story skyrockets up my must-see list. This trailer is atmospheric as hell and packed to the brim with creepy imagery, so I ate up every second of it. Sure, it doesn’t really give us an idea of how good the stories are, but that’s tough to do with an anthology. You can’t pack multiple plots into one trailer, so we can’t really expect anything more than what we got.
Vietnamese Horror Story is currently available on the horror streaming service Screambox, and if it’s as good as the trailer suggests, it just might be one of the best genre movies of the year.