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Recyclable Ghosts ’n Zombies

Posted in Asian Horror, Asian Sci-Fi, Evil, Fantasy, Foreign Horror, Ghosts, Misc. Horror, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction, Vampires, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2013 by Drinkin' & Drive-in


Tsui Ting-Yin is a successful romance novelist who scored three best-sellers about love-gone-flush, based on her own experiences. Now she wants to write a horror novel. I fail to see the difference.

Once she begins drafting her book, spooky things happen: someone using the shower and leaving long black hair all over the place, phone ringing, hissing noises that make it hard to watch TV, typing paper moving as if by an invisible and possibly demonic secretary. Seems whatever Tsui writes is coming to fruition.

Convinced there is an entity in her stylish, yet conservative apartment (there is), she is directed to leave and go wherever the spirit indicates. Tsui goes outside to find the entire world is totally messed up. Everything looks old and abandoned (like me after last call), and a horror-faced ghost (with like-minded associates) fast on her tail. But how to get out of this mega dump? The bus hasn’t been by in decades.


She meets an old man who tells her she can’t stay (really?), and that she needs to get to the Transit, a way back to her world. A cute little girl with a dirty face and dirtier clothes tells Tsui that this place is where the discarded go: ideas, toys, goods and services…and people. Again she is told to get out here, because hey – dangerous. They have to hurry because everything around them is beginning to disintegrate into black particle stuff, which would plug up your nose if you breathed it.


The old man gives her a riddle clue as to the Transit’s whereabouts, but doesn’t know the exact location as the map got some root beer spilled on it or something. He gives her some Hell money and advises them to do a bunch of seemingly nonsensical stuff as IT’S IMPORTANT.

First stop, a forest where bodies hang from trees. Their necks are stretched out from dangling so long. And they aren’t quite dead. Then it’s a race through a Fetus Tunnel and across a foot bridge blocked by the living, but rude dead. Then through a graveyard where people are buried outside their graves. That is plain f’d up. Still the zombie/ghost/vengeful spirit pursues.


When Tsui and the girl arrive at the Transit, the truth about why she’s in this dimensional part of town and the little girl herself are revealed. Warning – it’ll mess with your head, especially if you’re a chick.


The cinematography and effects are stunning on a Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter level. (When it rains, bodies pour from the sky. Be sure and wear human-proof galoshes.) Re-Cycle (2006) is one of those winning Lotto™ tickets after buying (or renting) thousands your whole stinkin’ life. In its native Thailand, this movie was called Gwai wik. I don’t like that title any more than I do Re-Cycle, as it lacks a certain “brain-eating” quality. But just see it, ’k?