Juno Mak is bringing back the hopping vampire and - with the help of The Grudge
director Shimizu Takashi - he's taking them in a dark and thoroughly compelling direction. It was back in June that our own James Marsh visited the set of the film
and brought word of the dark tone that Mak is bringing to his effort,
the film populated by seasoned veterans of the original classics such as
Chin Siu Ho and Kara Hui. With the film now wrapped up the first trailer has arrived and it delivers on the promise of those early reports.
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.
MORTIS stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho (Siu-ho) as a former
vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line
as a washed-up star, separated from his wife and alienated from his
son. Down on his luck and with barely a dollar to his name, he checks
into room 2442 in the housing estate, an allegedly haunted flat. His aim
is to end his misery by doing himself in, but instead Siu-ho is
interrupted by some of the other "occupants" of the building including a
Taoist master-exorcist (Anthony Chan), a traumatized housewife with a
tragic past (Kara Hui), as well as a seemingly benign elderly woman (Paw
Hee-ching) who has an empty coffin conspicuously hanging in the middle
of her apartment.
Soon it becomes apparent to Siu-ho that
the people around him and the situation are far from normal. Despite
his lack of belief in superstition, Siu-ho is soon thrust into the
battle of his life as vicious vampires with unsettled business begin to
rise from the dead...
Check the trailer below.
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