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The Imp

Reviewed by: SimonYam.com
Date: 08/18/2004
Summary: Not too shabby

Charlie Chin plays a man born under the unluckiest of stars. An unemployed brassiere factory worker with a wife and baby on the way, he takes a job as a security guard in a shopping mall. His colleagues, who include Kent Cheng, Wong Ching, and Chan Shen, each die mysteriously one by one, and his wife is acting stranger by the day.

Charlie consults a dedicated geomancer (Yueh Hua) to fight the evil spirit, which is determined to be reborn as his child.

The story is standard but there are some genuninely interesting scenes here. Unfortunately, much of the film drags and it isn't until the finale that it picks up again. Generally satisfying, especially if you like your horror movies bathed in an abundance of spooky green light.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 10/17/2001
Summary: Suprisingly scary

this is the most scary hk movie i have seen and see how old this movie is!!
Ok it is low budget and it may a little while to get things going, but when the frights start, it doesn't end!! I was really impressed by the scare factor this movie gave. It did give me chills and what a ending which i expect (thats a good thing)

a old movie but it really is the scarest hk movie i have seen!!


Reviewed by: metamovie
Date: 07/18/2001

One of the earliest examples of "straight" Hong Kong horror movies, The Imp is a serious effort which, unfortunately, hasn't aged well. Drama actor Charles Cho stars as a security night­watch man born under too much Yin influence whose difficult situation gets worse when an unappeased spirit seeks reincarnation as his unborn son.

Though the film livens up for a nightmarish finale, it's rather slow-moving for most of its running time, employing mostly primary colors and fog to visualize the horror. Most of the set pieces are rather tame and some plot details, like the smashing of a kitchen stove, make little sense unless you are knowledgeable about Asian mythology (like stoves being connected to the outcome of pregnancies). Director Yu improved noticeably when he directed Evil Cat five years later.


Reviewed by: SBates
Date: 02/28/2001
Summary: Very Good Horror Film

A 'Rosemary's baby' type story told from the point of the husband, this film also brings to the fore the Chinese notions of fate and predestination. Though this horror film is set in then-contemporary 1980's HK,however, it still cannot escape some of the 'classical' supernatural trappings of the Chinese horror film. After a good, eerie beginning, the film's second third relies too much on amateurish special effects and pyrotechnics, as a fung-sui master tries to exorcise the ghost child that threatens to possess our hero's wife's unborn child. The last third however, is quite good, as we are treated to an Argento-esque finale where the main hero tries to defeat the ghost child himself, who resides in a nether-world beneath a shopping arcade. The chilling final scene at first may seem gratutuitous, but actually is very clever. It poses the question: Does the predestined fate of Ah Keung come true, or is the 'spell' broken at the end of the film?