The Sleep Curse (R21)
Starring Anthony Wong, Michelle Wai, Jojo Goh
Directed by Herman Yau
Set in 1990, The Sleep Curse stars Anthony Wong as a neurologist obsessed with conducting sleep deprivation experiments on humans. The good doc himself is suffering from insomnia, a condition that’s linked to something his father (also played by Wong, but with a hairpiece) did in wartime Hongkong (doubled by Penang) as a Japanese collaborator.
The Sleep Curse is sold as a horror reunion for Wong and director Herman Yau, a long overdue follow-up to The Untold Story and The Ebola Syndrome, a pair of cult Category III shock-fests they made in the 1990s.
It doesn't matter if those exploitation flicks mean anything to you or not, The Sleep Curse is a routine, uneven spook-fest that’s more likely to put you to sleep. But whatever you do, you must — repeat, must — stay up for the batshit crazy finale where Wong’s character goes on a rampage with a cleaver. It's a gory sight to behold. (**½)