Abracadabra


This supernatural tale that Cinema City spun out in the 1980s is a bit of a mess and a bit of fun. Most of the mess is upfront and most of the fun takes place in the last 20-minutes. This definitely has the appearance of a B Cinema City feature with none of the star power or budget of their Aces Go Places or All the Wrong Spies/Clues films. This is most evident from their cast headed by Mark Cheng, Charine Chan and Anne Bridgewater and a few others whose names I dont know. Its the kind of film that mainly takes place in a shopping mall in which not a single pedestrian is ever seen walking by. To be fair though the money saved on this is spent on some special effects and a whole cadre of ghosts.
Ann Bridgewater, Mark Cheng and Charine Chan
This film has lots of dead things moving about from hopping vampires to a dead bride looking for a live mate to a phantom taxi cab driver who likes punk hair styles to a room full of exotic dancing patrons. Oh and the dead exotic dancer as well. All this sounds convoluted and confusing and it is. The graveyard of hopping vampires and the dead bride have nothing to do with the plot but so what you can never hurt a film by throwing in a few hopping vampires and a blood thirsty corpse dressed up in her wedding gown.
The main plot revolves around two couples setting up their stores in the mall. One is a hair dressing salon run by Mark Cheng and another fellow but no oddly the film doesnt take the opportunity to make them gay usually something a HK film would certainly do and the other store is a clothing boutique owned by Anne and her friend, Cici (Charine Chan). Their mirror breaks and they obtain another one from the basement of the building that turns out to be a portal to another world of ghosts. Not very nice ones either as they are in need of sucking the life force from humans. Such a nasty habit. So customers go into the changing room, never to be seen again. Not real good for business.
Eventually, Cici gets dragged into the mirror and the other three with the help of the taxi driver enter into the spirit world to try and bring her back. At this point the film gets fairly entertaining as the hordes of ghosts chase after them in the spirit world (which consists of an exotic dancing bar and a bunch of caves). This is not exactly an obscure jewel but for those into low budget supernatural comedies, this isnt too bad. Ann has some nice scenes and looks great behind her glasses. Stay tuned at the end for some out takes.

My rating for this film: 6.0