A Wicked Ghost II: The Fear

Ooh The Fear. Ooh scary. Ooh very scary. Ooh not really. Actually confusing would be closer to the truth. This one had been sitting on my shelves collecting dust for a very long time but the other night I could hear it calling out to me in a mournful angry voice. Play me or I will haunt you – I will possess you and kill your neighbors or have you jump to your death or even begin wearing paisley colors. This last one was the final convincer and so I hurriedly tore off the plastic – in sort of the same way that some guy gets his lower torso ripped off in the film – and tossed it into my machine and waited for the scares to begin. I’m still waiting but at least I am not wearing that paisley tie I got for Christmas three years ago.
Actually it’s a bit better than a lot of the low budget HK horror films that take up space in many of our collections – and it has a cast that is fairly high in the babe factor – always an important incentive when watching one of these Blue Plate specials. They also have great names – there is Alice Chan as Peanut, Angie Cheung as Coffee, Joey Meng as Blue and Joyce Chan as Clever. Wouldn’t you love to know someone called Peanut or Coffee? Between the four of them, the occasional mutilated body and the mix of blue and green eerie lighting, I managed to keep my finger off the fast-forward for most of the film. It was only when the woeful Ken Wong, who looked like he couldn’t believe his agent had signed him up for yet another film that no one would see in the theaters, came on the screen that my itchy finger hit the remote.
Joey Meng, Ken Wong and Alice Chan
Ken Wong and Alice Chan are cops and lovers – not that you could easily discern either by their behavior, dialogue, surroundings or chemistry. The supposed police station they are in consists of a room with three desks and they don’t really seem to do much other than annoy one another. Their basic police skills aren’t in much evidence either – at one point Alice Chan is used as bait for a “pervert” (you know this because he licks his lips a lot and wears horn rimmed glasses) and when he attacks her she falls apart and has to be rescued not once but twice. Another item that points to their lack of smarts is that Alice has a picture of her Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather on her living room cabinet – but the two of them don’t seem to notice that they are exact doubles of them – something that might make me a little queasy about having sex with this person (gee could we be related?).
Angie Cheung, Joyce Chen and Alice Chan
As you would expect, this has a bearing on the story – which is about a very pissed off ghost that seems to dislike everyone. The “pervert” is soon missing his lower body, a woman has a sharp broom stick stuck through her head (but you could see that coming as she wasn’t as good looking as the other actresses and clearly was the most likely to die first), another woman is having her aborted children calling out to her, a member of the press jumps to his death and a fellow cop has his dead wife making him do bad things (sort of like Hilary and Bill).  And amazingly it never is explained what their relation (if any) to the pissed off ghost is! For a 75-minute film they still needed a lot of filler to find apparently.
The yummy Angie Cheung is a journalist looking reluctantly into the story and the long-legged Joey Meng (who is normally fighting vampires on TV) is a psychic who can sense that something is wrong – ya like the scriptwriter was on drugs and the lighting was awful. Oddly the film didn’t seem as bad to me when I was watching it as it does now when I am thinking about it. So my advice is - if you are to watch this film by mistake don’t spend any time thinking about it afterwards.

My rating for this film: 5.5