The Housemaid (2016) Movie Review

The Housemaid – ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – H – The Housemaid – Movie Review


Director: Derek Nguyen

Writer: Derek Nguyen (Screenplay)


  • Nhung Kate
  • Jean-Michel Richaud
  • Kim Xuan
  • Svitlana Kovalenko
  • Kein An

Plot: When an orphaned Vietnamese girl is hired to be a housemaid at a haunted rubber plantation in 1953 French Indochina, she unexpectedly falls in love with the French landowner and awakens the vengeful ghost of his dead wife… who is out for blood.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Housemaid starts when a young woman Linh (Kate) takes a role as a housemaid. She will be working for Captain Sebastien Laurent (Richaud) who lives in a haunted rubber plantation. Linh starts to get closer to Sebastien, leading to the pair falling in love.

However, this unleashes a vengeful spirit of Sebastien’s wife, who doesn’t want him to be with another woman. Linh must uncover the truth before she becomes the latest victim.

Verdict on The Housemaid

The Housemaid is a horror mystery that follows a new young housemaid. She falls in love with the owner of the home, only to start learning about the darker secrets the home holds. This forces her to learn the truth before she becomes the next victim.

The movie here follows many traditional horror movies. Using the new person to a location unlocks a series of haunting events. Each one leads to a bigger clue to the truth. It follows the nice style of horror where the hauntings become increasingly worse as they get closer to the truth. A truth that is equally disturbing and surprising. The movie does have strong performances from the whole cast throughout the movie to keep us on edge about the truth.

Final Thoughts The Housemaid an entertaining horror mystery with plenty of twists and turns.

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