Fair warning: There is no actual warning from Hell in writer/director Danny Pang’s latest feature, Malaysia/Taiwan/Thailand coproduction Warning from Hell. There are, indeed, some ghostly goings-on, and revenge seeking of the spectral sort, but Pang here instead delivers a film meant to get an important message about bullying across rather than honing in solely on attempting to shock audiences.
Lily is a live streamer who, as the film begins, learns that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend. She begins stealing items that include, both fortunately and unfortunately for her, a haunted smartphone. When vengeance from beyond the grave affects her personally and begins taking its toll on other young women similar to her in age, it sends Lily on a path to solve the mystery behind the hauntings.
A cast list in English was not available at press time, but the film’s actors include Dewi Chien, Yaomi Fairy, Yen-Jou Lin, Daphne Low, and Riko Xi. All of the performances are fine, and although Pang — who codirected The Eye, The Eye 2, and The Messengers with brother Oxide Chun Pang, and helmed The Strange House by himself — follows some familiar ghost movie beats, he also implements some compelling surprises, as well as a good deal of well-earned poignancy.(3 / 5)
Warning from Hell screened as part of South Korea’s hybrid Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, which takes place in Bucheon and online July 7–17, 2022. For more information, visit http://www.bifan.kr/eng/.