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The Nocturnal Demon (1990)

Ye mo sin sang (original title)
Tin bears an uncanny resemblance to a psychotic serial killer, and now the cops are chasing the wrong man. He and his cousin Wawa must catch the killer on their own to prove their innocence.

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Alfred Cheung ...
Chau Wai-Tin
Moon Lee ...
Wawa Chai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Chan ...
Officer Chan
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Cop
Wing Cho ...
Killer
Isabella Chow ...
Yee-Tee
Kau Lam ...
Wawa's Uncle
Billy Lau ...
Master Snake
Hoi Mang ...
Paint Victim
Richard Ng ...
Cab Driver
James Tien ...
Superintendent
Siu Ming Tsui ...
Robbery Cop
Barry Wong ...
Chef
Siu-King Wong
Fung Woo ...
Painter
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Tin bears an uncanny resemblance to a psychotic serial killer, and now the cops are chasing the wrong man. He and his cousin Wawa must catch the killer on their own to prove their innocence.

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Horror

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22 December 1990 (Hong Kong)  »

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Demon Intruder  »

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The horror is lost in the screwball comedy.
28 May 2015 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

So the main plot of this horror comedy is a taxi driver serial killer on the loose, who happens to resemble the film's main propagandist, Chau Wai-Tin (Alfred Cheung). While the cops are out to nab the psycho-path, much of the film is consumed in slapstick comedy and screwball humor involving Chau and his cousin Wawa (Moon Lee), who immigrates to Hong Kong to be with her grandfather (Kau Lam).

There are numerous subplots that turn the audience's attention away from the main serial killer plot, including Chau running from loan sharks, Wawa's druggie friend, and Wawa's grandfather's mahjong games. It appears the filmmakers tried hard to mix all the comedy, martial arts action and horror into one film. Unfortunately, the comedy outweighs the horror elements so much that the purpose and background of the serial killer have been left ambiguous, leaving out needed suspense and ***spoiler ahead*** giving us an anti-climatic end. ***spoiler ends***

There is also numerous cameo appearances made by a vast number of familiar Hong Kong actors, which I thought was wasted away in such a low-budget film. Acting wasn't bad, though.

Overall, it's an unbalanced film. Could have used more horror elements, but the movie did make me laughs on several occasions.

Grade C


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