This movie is a challenge to follow at times, but how can you not love the idea of a martial artist fighting vampire zombie thingies? It's like a martial arts attempt of "I Am Legend." This ending got me as well. Great movie that should be watched.
If you're not used to Asian horror this'll scare you. I said it wasn't scary after watching it (have to act very manly), but I slept with covers upto my head.
Fans of the 1980s "Mr. Vampire" series have reason to celebrate as director Juno Mak reunites some former cast members for this grisly and darkly humorous homage to the Chinese “hopping vampire” genre. When a suicidal actor checks into a dilapidated apartment complex he’s not prepared for the supernatural goings on that seem to be an everyday part of life (and death) for the eccentric tenants. A pair of vengeful spirits haunt the flat across the hall, an old lady is raising a zombie in her bathtub, and a cadre of tattered demons wander the hallways every evening…just to name a few. But when a wall-crawling, bunny-hopping bloodsucker is set loose the morose leading man finds himself allied with the kindly noodle vendor downstairs who also happens to be a vampire hunter… A serpentine plot and several confusing twists, at least for those of us not familiar with this brand of horror, eventually make some kind of sense—but logic takes a back seat to the colourfully acrobatic CGI effects and ghoulish Kung Fu showdowns. Mak takes great delight in filling the screen with as much hocus pocus as he can: gossamer ghosts defy gravity while trailing a network of writhing tentacles behind them, black-eyed banshees scream from within mirrors, and the Asian-style Nosferatu is one chilling cadaver as it leaps and spins in its monk’s robes. The somewhat abrupt ending proves to be a head-scratcher (is there a bit of "Jacob’s Ladder" at work here?) but it was enough to make me want to rent the original prototype!
Oh Yeah! The day has finally come when Hong Kong/Chinese Horror has caught up to Korea and Japan for quality and freakyness. I have suffered many dashed hopes in recent years, while the aforementioned J- and K-Horror genres have fallen into self imitation. Director Juno Mak's new flic may be a bit dependent upon CGI, but this is done pretty artistically with references to many horror films of the past, from classic Chinese vampire films as well as many references to International horror thrown in, all the way to a short nod to Nosferatu and the Silent tradition thrown in. However, this film will do nothing to alleviate the old-school Chinese superstition about living in homes where people have died (particularily suicides). Oh well, this is definitely worth checking out. Definitely the best thing on the ''New'' shelf for this genre right now - in any language. *This review is based on the subtitled version, I like to hear the actors act. If the dubbing sucks, well what do you expect?
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