Sunday, 20 October 2013

Chinese Ghost Stories: Nevermind Twilight, Here's a proper vampire movie!

Well, it is Halloween soon!

Anyone remember this? - a season of Chinese Ghost stories hosted by Jonathan Ross on Channel 4.  The stories included Encounters of the Spooky Kind, Rouge, Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain, Spiritual Love, Espirit d'amour and  one Mr. Vampire - this one scared the life out of me when I was a kid! 

What I didn't know at the time was that this movie, released in 1985, was nominated for a host of awards at the 5th Hong Kong film festival, was ranked within the top 100 must-see Hong Kong movies, was the inspiration for three movie sequels and a vampire craze (the selling of toys and merchandise of all things vampire). Despite having very basic visual effects, this comical representation of Chinese vampire folklore makes it worthy of its cult status. The full length version of this movie with English subtitles can be found here. Enjoy! :D

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