It's that time of the year again, the seventh month of the Chinese calendar, the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

For these 30 days, the Chinese believe that when the gates of hell opens, vengeful spirits and hungry spirits come out to roam the streets and terrorize the living.

Featured at xinmsn's Special is Kelvin Tong's The Maid, a story about ghosts with a vengeance.

Hailed as the first Singaporean horror film, The Maid broke the box office record then for the horror genre and even received international awards.

The movie follows protagonist Rosa (Alessandra de Rossi), a Filipino maid who arrives in Singapore and starts work as a maid on the first day of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

It was all smooth-sailing as her host family appears warm and friendly but she gets into trouble when she refuses to follow the rules about the Hungry Ghost Festival and begins seeing apparitions.

The Maid

These 'rules' to observe during the Hungry Ghost Festival - avoid stepping on offerings on the sidewalks, not turning back when you hear someone call your name at night - are largely superstitious beliefs.

Whether or not you subscribe to these tales, you have to admit they are pretty scary, especially when you watch them unfold in front of you.


The Incredible Tales series does precisely that; re-enacting ghost stories told across boundaries of culture and language in half-hour sequences. Spanning six seasons, the series has been a hit with local audience with its collection of different ghost stories.

Feel the chills go down your spine again this August as xinmsn's Special brings you back to the beginning: the very first series of Incredible Tales.

To catch The Maid, Incredible Tales and other videos, check out the xinmsn Specials page starting 10th August.