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MIFF 2014 – Mr Vampire (1985)

Director: Ricky Lau
Starring: Lam Ching-ying, Ricky Hui, Chin Siu-ho, Moon Lee


Pure cinematic comfort food that I must have already seen dozens of times on SBS TV in Australia when it was thrashed to death in the 90s. I am not sure if I have ever seen it on the big screen.

Yes, it is all about Lam Ching-ying’s eyebrows, or eyebrow in this case. I even bought some fake eyebrows to stick on and watch the screening, only to find they did not include any sticky stuff and were actually sideburns. Next time I will just draw them on.

Lam Ching-ying as Master Gau was actually younger than most of the cast at the time, but played the elder and this role is his most famous.

The main story concerns a rich businessman asking for his father to be reburied, but when they open the coffin they find the corpse has not decomposed after 20 years and there is a lot of trouble after this. The vampires in this movie are not wimpy sparkly ones, they may only be able to hop but they are like the Terminator as nothing seems to stop them except for extreme force.

The supporting cast are nothing to be sneezed at with Ricky Hui as Man Choi and one of the legendary Hui brothers comedy group. I like him even more when he turns into a vampire as he is a very goofy vampire.

The fight scenes are really great in this especially the final scenes where everything is destroyed and they have to start hitting the lead vampire with giant poles. I liked the fight scene in the prison where they are locked in the yard after the local police chief tells his subordinates not to open the door under any circumstances.

This film was included in the Hong Kong horror program at the festival I saw it at along with Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind and Rigor Mortis, but I could not get to see everything.