Saturday, 15 August 2015

Review: Rigor Mortis (2013) (August 2015)

Rigor Mortis (2013) - modern Hong Kong Horror.

Hot on the remake/reboot trend, comes Rigor Mortis (2013). It's a loose retelling of the classic, Mr Vampire (1985) - See, HERE. This is a Cantonese/Hong Kong film set in an old apartment building. It is room 2445 where a depressed actor (Chin Siu Ho) goes to hang himself after being out the lime light! He is saved by a chain-smoking priest (Anthony "Friend" Chan) as this building is Haunted and the ghosts of the past out out in full forces of darkness.

There are familiar faces from Mr Vampire that return in this bleak, action horror. The usual Taoist trickery is all there with magic spells and kung fu. There are ghosts - right out of Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) as this was produced by Takashi Shimizu, himself.

It's very stylish and has a bleak ending connecting the opening sequence to the end of the movie. If you love horror and the bizarre, then this might be for you. Throw in some drama elements and gore and you have Rigor Mortis... and don't forget the undead hopping Vampire that is set free from it's mask prison! This all leads to an epic, action/horror showdown!

The film is dedicated to Lam Ching Ying and Ricky Hui. The film is out now on dvd from Metrodome in the UK. Dvd comes with NO special features. RM was nominated for 9 Hong Kong Film Awards. Special Thanks to Sylvia Rorem for the minor corrections in this review.

Mr Vampire (1985) fans might get a kick out of RM (2013).

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