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Night Security Guard (2003)

Reviewed by: ewaffle
Date: 08/28/2011
Summary: Not scary not really much of anything

“Night Security Guard” begins promisingly enough as a horror movie taking place while a horror movie is being shot. It opens with creepy music as the camera moves slowly toward decrepit house late at night. In the basement are several coffins, each containing a vampire complete with yellow Taoist prayer pasted to its forehead. Uniformed guards show up, one of them complaining that the prop guys left without securing all the paraphernalia use in the scenes from the day. To no one's surprise the prop vampires turn out to be "real" vampires who climb out of their coffins and terrorize the guards.

The next day there is chaos on the set. The actress playing a ghost is in costume but not on her mark; she is perched on a second story balcony of a facade. When an assistant director tells her to come down she floats to the ground unaided, just like the ghost she is impersonating would do. Everyone—actors, crew, director--runs away in fear while the actress/ghost floats away.

After the shortest and least rigorous police interrogation ever put on film Chan Fong Lan tells the cops that she will reveal everything. As the head of security for the studio she is in the best position to help them—and, it turns out, she was responsible for the ghostly apparitions popping up. By the end of the movie she has killed most of the featured players, none of them convincingly. Chan is played by May Law Koon-Lan. She is very well served by the costume and make-up departments; she has a strong, almost masculine face with a squared off jawline. She used bright red lipstick that set off her very dark eyes and hair through most of the movie and wore an outfit (almost a uniform) consisting of a suit with a man-tailored jacket, an oxford cloth shirt with a tie--and a very short skirt. Worn with four-inch heels, this masculine/feminine, slightly transgressive outfit serves Law Koon-Lan and her terrific legs quite well.

Things go downhill from there and don’t recover. Teresa Mak plays Queenie, Chan’s daughter, as a whiny brat. She works in the wardrobe department but her real interest is helping her mother find some type of missing treasure that is supposed to be somewhere on the studio production lot. They even have a secret map.

Chan and Queenie have full run of the place, because there aren’t any movies being shot there since the appearance of the floating ghost who turns out to be the restless spirit of an actress killed during a rape attempt years before. The studio itself seems to function as an employer of security guards and managers. Teresa looks fetching in her white vampire make-up.

Reviewer Score: 3