|starring||Anthony Chan, Siu-hou Chin, Kara Hui|
SynopsisA public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos.
In this eerie and chilling, contemporary, action/special effects laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980's, writer-director-producer, Juno Mak makes his feature directorial debut. Co-produced by J-Horror icon Takashi Shimizu, and reuniting some of the original cast members of the classic Mr. Vampire series, RIGOR MORTIS is set in a creepy and moody Hong Kong public housing tower whose occupants we soon discover, run the gamut from the living to the dead, to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires and zombies.
I’ve always admired Asian cinema for its bold enthusiasm. These films always go for it with vigor, never once fearing failure. The visuals are filled with insane originality. Asian productions do a great job of mixing up horror and comedy, milking melodrama to the umpth degree. When it works as a cohesive unit, the results are riveting. This is also the case with their genre work which include greats such as the Ju-On: The Grudge films, The Host, Audition and the criminally underseen horror/comedy Rahtree: Flower of the Night (well, at least in North America. It spawned three sequels). Rigor Mortis is the latest entry. It’s inspired by the Hong Kong vampire horror/comedies of the 80’s, most notably the zany Mr. Vampire and its four sequels. So much so that some of the talent from that cult series can be found here. …Read More