迷離夜, 奇幻夜 (Tales From The Dark 1 & 2) (Blu-ray releases 2013-9-11, 18) are adaptations of novels about ghosts.  Each movie contains three unrelated short stories.

The first movie has a great cast.  The first story shows a guy who lost his job and tried to demand money from people by stealing their dead families’ ashes.  The second story is about the spirit of an underage schoolgirl who bothers the guy who made her pregnant and his wife, so the couple seek help from a fungshui master and an expert in crystals.  The third story involves the local custom that pays someone to curse the bad people, and a dead customer shows up.

Although I can’t say I like everyone of the first three stories, all are special, depend on local customs that are not found elsewhere, and therefore feel distinctly fresh among the generic ghost movies.  It is the most memorable ghost movie from Hong Kong in recent years.  Since there are relatively few scares in it, perhaps it may be more appropriate to call it a supernatural drama instead of a ghost horror movie.

The second movie, however, has a weaker cast.  The fourth story involves the protagonist buying a haunted pillow with a spirit that shows up as her missing boy friend, and they have sex in dreams every time she sleeps.  The fifth story has a group of students playing hide and seek in an abandoned and haunted school.  The sixth story is about someone who tries to meet a quota of doing good things, but a prostitute shows up and affects his plan.  These stories are less well developed, but they do contain more scares.  Comparatively, this second movie is only average, unfortunately.

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