The Master's Necklace (1991)

  |  Action, Comedy, Horror


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After being killed by his wife and a scheming black magician, a man's ghost teams up with a rookie cop to get his revenge.


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20 August 2018 | yourmotheratemydog715
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| Run-of-the-mill wacky action horror from Hong Kong
In the 1980s, seemingly endless numbers of movies dealing with black magic and the undead were streaming out of Hong Kong. They pretty much all fell into two categories: gross-out black magic gorefests (BOXER'S OMEN, BLACK MAGIC) and goofy supernatural kung-fu comedies (MR. VAMPIRE, ENCOUNTERS OF THE SPOOKY KIND). MY MASTER'S NECKLACE II (a quasi-sequel to the just-as-forgotten EXCUSE ME, PLEASE), falls into the latter category and, while vaguely entertaining, does nothing to distance itself from the conventions of its genre.

A rich man is killed by his wife and a black magician, only to be accidentally revived by a graveyard worker. With the help of the graveyard worker's policeman brother, the ghost attempts revenge on those who wronged him. Various kung-fu spirits and other spooky goings-on plague our heroes, but between a lack of plot explanation and typo-littered, barely comprehensible English subtitles, I can't really tell you why.

Most of the film is more-or-less a D-grade MR. VAMPIRE, except with blue-faced ghosts instead of hopping vampires. It's gore-free and less unhinged than some of its contemporaries, though it has its head-scratching moments. Its most promising idea is when the film switches gears to a supernatural buddy cop movie, a device that brings a couple of laughs and some entertainment before the filmmakers bring back the rather uninspired kung-fu sequences.

It's definitely not a lost classic, but all Hong Kong genre films from this era have a fun, madcap rhythm that does a pretty good job of escaping viewer lethargy. Its nonchalant view of the supernatural (possessions and door gods must've just been a part of everyday life in '90s H.K.) is entertaining, and there's a sick Casio score. It's not really worth searching out (and it seems to be a pretty rare one!), but I've seen worse. 4 out of 10.

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Action | Comedy | Horror

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1991

Language

Mandarin, Cantonese


Country of Origin

Hong Kong

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