Past and Present (2016)

Director: Hongjian Li

Starring: Xiang Luo, Meixing Chen, Zak, Liang Wang, Ji Zhao, Zai Zi Mo, Chang Yi ran, Xia Xing Ling, Miao Qing


Plot: The film tells a horrific story of a group pf students who decide to hold a Ghost Festival and when performing ‘Damn Ten’ evocation process, each of them could see strange souls of their past.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Too Many False Jump Scares


Story: Past and Present starts as we meet a group of students who are in the middle of making their own horror film but as the film is being made there becomes a battle between what is real and what is part of the film as the legend of Bloody Mary seems to have come to take the student souls.

Past and Present has a lot lost in translation for me so I wasn’t 100% sure what was going on because most of the film is just music, maybe a ghostly figure only to end up being one of the friends. I think we do get a balance between superstition and psychology with different character believing different things but in the end this just comes off with plenty of false jump scares and too much going on between the film being made and anything real within the movie.


Overall: This film uses way too many false jump scares for its own good losing any real atmosphere needed.




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