Hell Has No Boundary (HK 1982)

Rating: **
Review Date: 1/6/23
Cast: Leanne Lau (Liu Hsueh-hua), Yueh Hua, Derek Yee

A timid police officer named May (gorgeous Leanne Lau) is possessed by an evil spirit and starts killing everyone that gets in her way. The spirit is also really good at solving Rubik's Cubes. It turns out that the spirit died horribly as a child and chose revenge over reincarnation, and the people who slighted her in her previous life just happen to be reincarnated into people who are offending her in the present as well. The extended flashback really turns the film into a convoluted mess and asks a lot of the viewer. Typical of Hong Kong horror, it has a downbeat ending where everyone dies, which makes the film feel like an exercise in futility.

The highlight of the film is Leanne Lau, who is extremely pretty and full of conviction. She performs some harrowing stunt work and never flinches during her gross-out scenes. Excellent work all around. Yueh Hua (May's boss) and Derek Yee (May's boyfriend) give solid performances, but the rest of the cast is mediocre at best. The visual effects are definitely low budget and not particularly interesting, but they can still make you a little queasy. The most amusing scene involves a man being killed by a possessed roll of toilet paper. The pacing is challenging and the exceedingly grim and nasty flashback effectively derails the film. What happens after that is just needlessly tedious and confusing. I really can't recommend it.