THE IMP, 1981 (Hong Kong) 

 

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The Imp, 1981 movie
‘Though dated by today’s standards, Dennis Yu’s “The Imp” is an eerie blend of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, with a Hong Kong New Wave twist. The editing, cinematography, and performances all come together to present a creepy and grim meditation on child abuse, marriage, the dark history hidden below a Hong Kong skyscraper. If you like Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, or Italian giallo films, you’ll likely appreciate this 1981 Hong Kong horror gem.’
Samuel Pang, Sampan’s Rating: B

‘The Imp (兇榜, 1981), directed by Dennis Yu is a horror movie with a strong influence of Roman Polanski and is widely regarded as a forerunner of haunted-house movie in Hong Kong.’

Review by Geoffrey Broomer ★★★½- ‘Hong Kong New Wave director Dennis Yu crafts the tale of an expectant parent (Charlie Chin) who takes a job as a night watchman at a large buildiGeoffrey Broomerng complex whose local spirit becomes interested in his unborn child. The Imp works in ghosts, geomancers, and black magic, while always feeling grounded in reality.

A romantic lead in the 1970s, Chin is now in his 30s and a few years away from becoming a Lucky Star – his character is a man with no discernable skills trying to get out from his father-in-law’s company before the birth of a child. The desperation is palpable. His most prominent co-worker is Kent Cheng. Cheng is nicknamed fatty, but in a movie with a…’ -LETTERBOXD.COM

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