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Unplugging Nightmare
AKA: Unplugged Nightmare
Yoyo Mung and Edmond Leung
AKA: Night Move
Chinese: 噩夢
Year: 2004
Director: Elfa Lee Cheuk-Chun
Producer: Ng Chi-Hung
Cast: Yoyo Mung Ka-Wai, Edmond Leung Hon-Man, Jo Koo, Michael Tong Man-Lung, Halina Tam Siu-Wan, Law Lan, Candy Hau Woon-Ling
  The Skinny: As scary as The Care Bear Movie. Fans of the stars might find this low-budget horror flick a passable diversion, but it's unnecessary stuff for the rest of us.
by Kozo:

It's low-budget Hong Kong horror in the nearly direct-to-video Unplugging Nightmare. Yoyo Mung stars as a Chi, a reporter who's been plagued by the same freaky nightmare since childhood. In the dream, she sees a creepy old house and a mysterious woman in a rocking chair. Luckily, the dream only seems to cause her morning stress, and no apparent long-term damage. Meanwhile, her new editor/boyfriend Joe (Edmond Leung) assigns her to a series of articles on reputed haunted houses. With pal/coworker Kei (Jo Koo) in tow, Chi happens upon—surprise—the exact same house that infests her dreams! Suddenly her nightmares become day-intruding visions, and her stress starts to manifest itself in supreme moodiness. She also makes a new friend in handsome Man (Michael Tong), who may or may not be connected to her freaky visions. As the visions get more vivid, ultimate truths and possible revelations seem right around the corner. But will the biggest nightmare of all be Joe's increasingly unnerving jealousy?

As low-budget exercises in horror go, Unplugging Nightmare isn't the worst film out there. While not scary at all, the film does manage a decent cheapo horror look of blues, grays, and occasional reds, and the cast is made up of familiar, if not A-list faces. Yoyo Mung and Jo Koo are two young actresses who've always seemed destined for more than Troublesome Night duty, so thier presence in the cast is promising...though possibly worrisome for their agents. On the other hand, Michael Tong and Edmond Leung are no strangers to the direct-to-video thing, so both should just be glad that Unplugging Nightmare wasn't shot on or released directly to video—though its theatrical play likely consisted of three screens and a total of twenty-five showings. With all the above working for (Or against?) the film, Unplugging Nightmare turns out to be standard cable TV fodder for those who dig the stars or are merely bored silly. Those looking for a more substantial film, or at least a workable Asian horror entry like Visible Secret, should definitely skip Unplugging Nightmare because it does nothing that requires attention or even a passing glance. There are scarier, more intelligent, and much better horror flicks out there. If we ignored logic and quality, then maybe we could call this an average film. But really, it isn't one. (Kozo 2004)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Sun Power
Pan and Scan
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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