Asia cranks out ghost films like there is a some sort of assembly line factory out there working 24/7. And while Dorm falls under the same umbrella as any number of films in that genre, it's hardly a horror film despite it's creepy atmosphere and ghosties.
The film follows a young boy sent to boarding school by his grumpy father. The kid is kind of nerdy and becomes the target of a group of bullies who set about taunting him and poking fun at him. They tell him some creepy stories one night in an attempt to scare him. What they don't realize is that the stories are not so far from fact.
The twist here is that the ghost is not an evil spirit intent on revenge or having it's story revealed. The ghost and the boy become close friends which is where the movie gets interesting. The story is touching at times, sad at others, but ends well without being totally unbelievable and ridiculous. And it looks good as well, despite it's lack of American-sized budget. The effects are few and far between, tasteful and well done. Aside from a series of very distracting continuity errors, Dorm proved itself to be entertaining and smart, if not scary or horrifying.
If you enjoy Asian ghost films, but are interested in something a little less spooky and different, Dorm might be worth your time.
- Complaint Department