Rigor Mortis pays tribute to the Mr Vampire movies of the 80s fantastically. Melding romance, drama, kung-fu & sardonic wit with incredibly nightmarish visuals, Rigor Mortis also pays heavy dues to Von Trier's Kingdom & Timur Bekmambetov's Nightwatch. Eerie, often without explanation & full of Chinese melodrama, Rigor Mortis deals with the themes of old age & respecting one's elders in the most wicked of ways. A.
A spirited debut from actor-turned director Juno Mak. Teaming up with producer Takashi Shimizu ("The Grudge"), Mak offers a 21st century update on the once popular 'hopping vampire' films, a genre that hasn't seen much activity since Hong Kong's Eighties heyday. "Rigor Mortis" makes a memorable impression with its desaturated color palette, quirky side characters, and a judicious blend of both horror and action.
An audio-visual inferno that gave me nightmares the first night after watching it. Auntie Mui and Anthony Chan are the stand-outs here with one scene between Mui and her undead husband full of nuance and richly human. Curiously it is the lead that is the hardest to develop any kind of empathy for which when combined with the clichéd ending really lets the film down. Haunting but falls a little short. 3 stars
Juno Mak's debut film is a homage to the HK vampire genre of the 80's forsaking the comedic elements by adding a dash of J-horror archetypes to the mix. While not entirely successful the film is certainly atmospheric and enjoyable despite its weak ending. Most noteworthy is the turn by Hee Ching Paw as Auntie Mui who gives a performance of depth in a genre not known for it. Worth a watch for vamp fans.
Very good to see Mr Vampire legacy still attracting artists. Anthony Chan plays in this, the same role he played back in Mr Vampire 1 or something pretty close. The direction is masterful, the story keeps on being enthralling until maybe the last part when they have to kill the vampire. Should have been darker than that, and there was a clear way to deepen the story without the killing.
A gorgeous looking hybrid of 80's HK Vampire films with a little J-Horror thrown in for good measure. Pop Singer turned film auteur Juno Mak really impresses with this Gothic directorial debut. An excellent cast of veterans and some great visual effects really drive home the intriguing premise which packs some emotional punch. It might be too slow-paced for some viewers, but it has wet my appetite as to what's next.