The film, bearing no small debt to Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, inevitably has a familiar feel. But director-screenwriter Nguyen infuses it with enough fresh elements to make it fully entertaining.
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The result is a good-looking but overstuffed genre pileup that confuses as often as it compels.
Writer-director Derek Nguyen's supernatural thriller settles confidently in a place between classy and trashy.
When its many secrets spill out in the finale, “The Housemaid” has to cheat a little to pull off a humdinger of a twist, but it’s enormously satisfying anyway, if only for bringing the core historical conflict back to the fore.