Afterimages is a 2014 Singaporean supernatural horror anthology film written, produced and directed by Tony Kern (Haunted Changi; A Month of Hungry Ghosts). The Mythopolis Pictures production stars Sheena Chan, Pamelyn Chee and Roshan Gidwani.
A group of film students burn paper effigy cameras for the wandering spirits during the ghost month in Singapore and receive a collection of horror movies in return.
The first film received, Ghost Pool Leg, revolves around Chinese superstition in which ghosts are believed to pull swimmers legs to drown them.
The second movie, Xiao Bao Bao, focuses on a young woman’s haunting experience after taking a postmortem photograph of a suicide jumper.
The third movie, Skin Deep, finds a group of shoppers stuck in a mall elevator with a mysterious and beautiful woman who holds a terrible secret.
The fourth film, Rekindling, features a heartbroken hawker, a missing China bride, and the mysterious ring she left behind. The final film comes with a price…
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“A low budget hampers proceedings somewhat, particularly regards effects, however there is some effective, ghostly imagery, and also a palpable tension in the final act […] Overall, Afterimages is flawed but promising, with a fast pace that keeps interest piqued.” Naila Scargill, Exquisite Terror
“While we could appreciate the film on a cerebral level, we were also left unmoved on an emotional, visceral level. Besides a few squirmish moments, the shocks never did scare. Neither was there a sustained air of existential dread. At times, the shorts were so scare-less and so bland that they flirted with parody.” F*** magazine
“Although there are a couple of false notes – the camera lingers too long on a foaming-mouthed security guard in a scene, for example – the story’s structure is sound and the pace never flags. The flow between the vague dread of the supernatural elements and the sharp shocks of the gorier scenes could also have been smoother, but the transitional flaws are minor.” John Lui, The Straits Times
“Unfortunately the negatives outweigh Afterimages few strengths. The acting is very uneven. A few of the actors do a great job, but their performances are hampered by the majority of mediocre to poor performances. The special effects are, well, bad.” Che Gilson, UK Horror Scene
Cast and characters:
- Sheena Chan … Celina
- Pamelyn Chee … Agent Zi
- Roshan Gidwani … Policeman
- Daniel Jenkins … Henry
- Keagan Kang … Agent Wilkinson
- Mike Kasem … Harrison
- Michael Kwah … Rylee
- Kevin Lagrange … Deuce
- Marcus Lee … Agent Won
- Kay Tong Lim … Agent Sin
- Yu Beng Lim … Agent Chai
- Esther Low … Dead Woman
- Jeremy Meyer … Derek Tor
- Adeline Pang … Yasmin
- Laurence Pang … Security Guard