The goofy security staff (think: Police Academy) at a haunted high-rise are terrorized by strange happenings. The only man who can help is an eccentric ghost hunter (Stephen Chow) who lives in a mental institution by day and breaks out to fight evil by night.
If you're looking for character development, motivation, or all the other routine shit that only gets in the way of high-octane entertainment, you've come to the wrong place. What you'll get here is dark humor mixed with slapstick violence and a generous helping of insanity.
Out of the Dark is all about style over substance. Including anything normal would only hinder its furious editing and camerawork, which homages everything from Martin Scorsese to John Woo. It's also obvious the filmmakers had just seen Pulp Fiction and The Professional. That's not a critique, just a comment.
I started the movie an hour after I should have been in bed and found myself glued to the couch. It's the kind of movie that hooks you so immediately, holding it at arm's length will only exhaust your triceps. Just relax and go for the ride.
I kind of regret seeing a movie as good as Out of the Dark so early in the month. Few of the other movies I feature will be able to compete. I've always been a cautious fan of Stephen Chow, often loving parts of his films, but rarely embracing any of them as a whole. Here's one I endorse wholeheartedly as long as you like politically incorrect horror-comedies whose physics resemble a Chuck Jones cartoon. Seriously: a refrigerator falls on a man's head and he survives with little more than a headache.