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Evil Cat

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 10/14/2006
Summary: played for laughs

January 2007 will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Evil Cat, a demonic possession film written by a young, enthusiastic Wong Jing. Wong had been screenwriting for about a decade when he authored this film. He's in top form here. This movie features Liu Chia-Liang as a ninth generation Taoist priest who, like his ancestors, is destined to fight the ancient cat demon and protect the world.

In the present day, the evil spirit has been sprung from its prison by an unsuspecting construction crew and begins to terrorize and inhabit several cast members. Director Dennis Yu Wan-Kwong manages to throw in some scary moments, but the whole thing is played for laughs. Wong Jing even appears in a comic role as a lecherous police detective who plays a pivotal role in the finale.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: ksbutterbox
Date: 02/01/2004
Summary: Meow !!

Campy and dated but really has some
"jump out of your chair" moments as well.(The car scene in the first half)!

They don't make them like this anymore
and even Wong Jing in a horny (surprised)?
cop role is bearable. Mark Cheng is
pretty good in this...and
just has that crude 80's B-movie charm
to it. Recommended.

Reviewed by: metamovie
Date: 07/18/2001

A cat demon roams the world, and it's up to a young chauffeur and an old magician dying of cancer (martial arts specialist and director Lau Kar Leung) to fight it.

Wisely, the filmmaker realized the inherent absurdities of this concept and took some care to make the characters more than usually believable and sympathethic. This is not a special effects extravaganze - the cat demon is mostly seen in the form of a human character simply acting like a cat (the actors, especially Mark Cheng, appear to be hugely enjoying themselves in these scenes).

What could have been another everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Hong Kong spectacle, turns out to be a fun film in the wake of Mr. Vampire (1985), rounded and well-written (by exploitation king Wong Jing, who also acts in the film and later directed Naked Killer), sustaining a light, mildly ironic mood, yet still playing its horror straight.