It’s the 1990s and famed neurologist Lam Sik-ka (Anthony Wong) is troubled by bouts of insomnia. When he’s contacted by a former flame suffering from a similar affliction, he digs deeper and discovers a frightening shared history reaching back into the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
Fans of Hong Kong Category III horror will know director Herman Yau from outrageous classics such as The Ebola Syndrome and The Untold Story. The Sleep Curse is Yau’s latest chiller with a climax that really lives up to his reputation as one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated cult filmmakers. A cast featuring veterans such as Anthony Wong and Gordon Lam and the film’s 90s setting combine to make The Sleep Curse feel like a film from the heyday of Hong Kong exploitation filmmaking. Throwing in genuine historical intrigue with its exploitation and horror shocks, this is a film that stands out from the crowd and sticks in the memory long after the credits roll.