Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Mr. Vampire (1987)

The success of 1985's MR. VAMPIRE led to a number of spin-offs and imitations, but none were more blatant than 1987's NEW MR. VAMPIRE, which is entirely detached from the original series. NEW MR. VAMPIRE follows Master Chin and his apprentice as they off to bury the corpse of a local business man after he has been attacked by a vampire. Meanwhile, Chin's rival attempts to sabotage their ritual by bringing the corpse back to life to cause mischief and mayhem for the two vampire hunters. Although NEW MR. VAMPIRE lacks the strong direction of Ricky Lau, it is still an entirely enjoyable film in its own right. Liang Hua Liu aims for pure silliness the whole time through, and gets it thanks to a number of entertaining performances from the entire cast. Fat Chung's self-absorbed lead is no match for the great Lam Ching-Ying's one-eyebrow priest, but Pauline Wong Siu Fung is fantastic as the restless spirit that must mimic Chin Siu Ho's every move exactly. The choreography and stuntwork are fantastic during their physical comedy routines. Expect more of the same zany comedy and off-the-wall action as Master Chin and the gang battle the undead, even if the vampires refuse to 'hop' in this entry. NEW MR. VAMPIRE provides plenty of stupid, mindless fun for Hong Kong Horror fans!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.

1 comment:

  1. You sat through that whole movie!! :D You are a braver man than I. Even with my brain "left at the door" I could not do it....maybe it is a girl thing :D

    Cheers!

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