Reviewed by: ororama
Troublesome Night weaves together four short ghost stories with overlapping characters, including an irreverent narrator played by Simon Loui. The result is uneven but entertaining.
The first story begins with three young men camping near a graveyard. Three young women camp at the same site, and a series of pranks involving fake ghosts follow. They play a game which requires copying the names and dates from grave markers at night, and quickly become unnerved despite the fact that they are aware that they are all trying to scare each other. The story is predictable, but works because it flips so quickly between scares and comedy that it is never completely evident which will come next.
The second story involves a couple who have difficulty connecting for dinner on their anniversary. He ignores the predictions of a feng shui expert, while she does not understand the warning signs that she encounters. This is the least successful story in the movie, never becoming spooky but remaining as dreary as the rain that falls throughout the episode.
The third story is the least predictable, involving a young woman, JoJo (Teresa Mak) who acquires an unusual lover during a visit to a cemetery. JoJo, one of the young women who was scared in the first story, finds that ghosts can prove useful. The story transforms from a tale of obsession to comedy when the narrator's twin brother (Simon Loui, of course) appears as a feng shui expert determined to exorcise the ghost. The narrator's opening warning not to wear red clothes (including underwear) at night to avoid attracting ghosts might be lost on JoJo, even after her experience here.
The connecting segments involve the shooting of a movie, with the car that the narrator drives to the movie location providing an amusing sight gag. The final story involves the movie's star and his girlfriend attending its screening at a haunted theater. Our narrator works at the theater and tries to warn the star not to offend the local ghosts, but seems to enjoy the terror that follows when his warning is ignored. This story offers more gore and stranger occurrences than the preceding tales, and brings the film to an appropriate, movie-oriented conclusion.
Acting honors for the movie go to the wild, funny turn by Simon Loui as the narrator/theater worker and his exorcist twin, and the sensual performance of Teresa Mak as the woman who experiences close encounters with a ghost.
Troublesome Night mixes mild laughs and mild scares to create an enjoyable horror comedy. It does not break any new ground, but fans of the genre will appreciate this typical offering.
Reviewed by: hkcinema
The film is formed by three stories: Copy Tombstone, Lost, andGhost Theater. Copy Tombstone is about seven people who always play tricks on each other and finally one of them dies. Lost is about a husband who after a fatal accident could talk to his wife over the phone......Ghost Theater describes star Brother Hung and his girlfriend going to the theater and accidentally sits in a reserved seat for the ghost boss......
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