5 July 2020 | paul_haakonsen
A rather mundane start off a long-spanning movie franchise...
Oddly enough I've only come to learn of the "Troublesome Night" horror comedy anthology franchise in 2020. Especially since the first once was released in 1997, and the franchise spans over a staggering 19 movies. That is just insane. And even more odd is it because I love horror movies and I am a big fan of the Hong Kong cinema.
This 1997 horror anthology known as "Troublesome Night" (aka "Yam yeung lo") wasn't really all that impressive. Sure, it was watchable and semi-entertaining, but it wasn't a particularly outstanding moment in the Hong Kong horror cinema, nor was it a particularly memorable movie experience.
This first entry in the franchise, does have some nice enough names on the cast list, with the likes of Louis Koo, Teresa Mak and Lan Law.
It should be said that the individual segments were nicely tied together, but the overall impression of the storyline and script was just less than mediocre for me. It was fairly weak for a horror anthology, with it having more emphasis on the comedy than on the horror aspects.
I managed to sit through the entire anthology - the first movie, not all 19 of them - but I weren't more than semi-entertained. I am rating "Troublesome Night" a four out of ten stars.