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A dark and depraved police procedural film from Philip Chan.
The Night Caller (1985) is a strange film. The movie starts out like the Dario Argento film Tenebrae (with a stylized murder by a masked killer) and then it turns into a police procedural flick with sadistic overtones. A family guy cop (Melvin Wong) goes deep into a case and gets involved with a deranged killer. His partner and friend (Philip Chan) along with a new protégé Porky (Pat Ha) take over the case and look for his missing partner (who's "enjoying" the twisted company of the killer. Can Inspector Chan and Porky find Melvin before he becomes the latest victim of the psychotic killer?
The Night Caller is an odd film indeed. Written, directed and co-starred by a former Hong Kong inspector Philip Chan (he's the real deal folks) shows us a side that I have never seen before. Shot in Panavision with a lot of blues and shadows. He creates a noirish environment for all of the characters. A few out of place humor scenes take away very little from the film's overall darkish feel. If you like to see something different then this film's for you. Other's expecting a straight forward action or horror flick will be very disappointed. Take it for what it's worth.
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