This HK horror thriller
will be of passing interest to 3-D fans as it has several sequences
in the format. Unfortunately, the anaglyphic 3-D is ineffectual and
so is the film, which trots out tired false scares and imagery lifted
from previous genre hits. Fourteen years after a little girl fell
to her death from the ferris wheel at Fantasy Park, student Alan (Edwin
Siu Ching-nam) decides to look around the park's crumbling remains.
When the teen fails to return, his sister, Yen (Bobo Chan Man-woon),
determines to find him despite the fact that her Taoist mother (Kara
Hui Ying-hung, delivering the only laudable performance) believes
him to now be dead. Yen and a group of friends head to Fantasy Park
but fail to heed a warning given to them by the mongoloid custodian.
Soon, their numbers are dwindled by the restless spirits that haunt
the grounds, which were once (you guessed it) a cemetery.
Directed by the prolific and highly
uneven Andrew Lau Wai-leung (INFERNAL AFFAIRS), THE PARK subjects
the usual obnoxious teenagers to the usual telegraphed scares (some
patterned quite noticeably after the Japanese RING and JU-ON films).
Much time and effort was obviously spent on the lighting and production
design but, as there is no real tension and no one to care about,
even the relentless screaming and computer generated sturm und
drang in the second half have a numbing effect. About the only
memorable touch here is the use of cameras (both still and digital
video models) as a "third eye" allowing the user to see,
and even foil, spirits and supernatural phenomenon not otherwise perceptible
to humans. Reviews of the theatrical version (which was also in the
anaglyphic format) complained that the 3-D (used exclusively during
scenes set in the funhouse) didn't work and that is certainly the
case here. A single pair of red and blue glasses is included with
the disc and a "glasses on/glasses off" icon in the upper
left hand corner cues the viewer. Even after frequent monitor adjustment,
I could get no more than the slightest depth, and the "comin'
at ya" FX (bats, a hopping vampire, skeletal arms, etc) are a
complete bust. In fact, with the reds and sharpness jacked way up,
the flat portions look virtually identical when viewed with