Well, they got it right for the first 20 and the
last 20 minutes of this horror tale, but unfortunately they could not maintain
the mood for the middle section of this film. Still not too bad an effort,
but one could only wish that HK could make a straight through horror film
without the requisite idiot humor.
Here David Ng and Michelle Reis play a sort
of X-File cop team as they investigate a series of suicides. As the film
opens, a young schoolgirl walks determinedly up the steps of an apartment
building in rhythm to a jarring staccato sound track and then jumps to
her death. Another girl witnesses it and says that an old woman was at
her side. She is soon found at the end of a rope. David and Michelle learn
that there was a similar case a few years back that was never solved.
When they locate the cop who ran this old case,
he (Dayo Wong) has completely lost his mind and is in an asylum. Up till
this point the film is fairly creepy and mysterious, but then regretfully
Dayo and his over the top antics take control and nearly ruin the film.
What a shame. He convinces them that he can solve this case and so they
take him out.
Then the final segment – though the explanation
to it all is a bit ridiculous – still has a good creepy ambience to it.
Ng and Reis have good chemistry and the old lady, Helen Law Lan, could
send chills down my spine at high noon. If only Dayo had played his part
a bit closer to the vest, this film would have worked so much better.