Womb Ghost 惡胎 (2010) – Hong Kong

An awful attempt at the Grudge by property developer Dennis Law…

Director Dennis Law have officially gone from decent to worst filmmaking experience. Just when you thought Bad Blood is plainly awful, wait no longer, Womb Ghosts is crap. In some ways, Law seems to have become the new Wong Jing. His commercial ability is without question, casting pop singers in Love @ First Note, re-launching Wu Jing’s career in Kung Fu roles (the decently made Fatal Contact and the better than expected Fatal Move), then the controversial issue of child abuse in A Very Short Life and even his recent low-blow in the form of Bad Blood is somewhat disguised by brutal fight sequences. However, Law is no editor or writer and at best a decent director. His problem is the nonsense and senseless prolonging of highly unnecessary and uninteresting sequences. Do we really need to see Chrissie Chau opening one door after another and Lam Suet sitting on a bench in the middle of the night? Poor filmmaking is okay, but these are usually compensated by a good editor who undoubtedly would have left these scenes as deleted sequences of a DVD special feature. Unfortunately, we are struck with everything that is incoherent, uneven, random and even boring.

Casting the popular le-mo in Chrissie Chau is probably the only recent why this film even ran its cinema run, but her acting is far from good. It must be said that fans of Chau will probably have a decent time watching her naked stomach along with some sleazy camera work to portray the budging of her greatest assets. Still, this is a potential-less performance from a talentless Hong Kong le-mo. Other people show up here and there without being consequential, other than being randomly there to collect their respective pay check. It is once again good to see Lam Suet being the standout in his relatively interesting supporting role.

All in all, Womb Ghosts is simply not scary enough to be a horror event and not thrilling enough to be considered a thriller. It is rare that a film has so little redeeming factors, but for a Dennis Law film, it is probably expected. Perhaps, Law should stop venturing into random Hong Kong issues and go back to what he does best – action films. A terrible mess of a film and giving it a miss would do you no harm at all…(Neo 2010)

I rate it 2/10

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