The summary says it all. Any movie with Francis Ng in a large role (in this case, the leading role) can't be completely bad. This is the case with HORROR HOTLINE, which despite the silly title and even sillier ending, the rest of the movie is a terrific suspense/horror. Again, the only thing that goes against HORROR HOTLINE is its reliance on trying to ape THE BLAIR WITCH, but otherwise it's an effective and moody film.
Francis Ng delivers a terrific starring turn as the host of a radio program while Josie Ho has one of her better outings as an American reporter whose crew is in Hong Kong doing a story on Chinese urban legend. But the only reason to watch this film is for Francis Ng subtle and yet chilling performance.
Good stuff that may be ruined by a goofy title and being too similar to BLAIR WITCH.
6 out of 10.
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