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1. Satan Returns (1996)

95 min | Action, Horror

Female police psychologist is targeted by a supernatural devil-worshiping serial killer who wants to prove to her that she's the Antichrist. A tough cop, his inept womanizing comic relief partner and a reverend try to stop him.

Director: Wai-Lun Lam | Stars: Chingmy Yau, Francis Ng, Donnie Yen, Chi Wah Wong

Votes: 224

2. Black Magic (1975)

R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

An evil magician makes a living by casting deadly spells on people's objects of desire. He gets overly ambitious, and start to go out of control.

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Lung Ti, Lieh Lo, Ni Tien, Lily Li

Votes: 577

aka Black Magic

This film picked up the baton from the Seven Golden Vampires with the Shaw Brothers branching out on their own without the constraints of some fuddy-duddy English film company. The success of this film resulted in one pseudo-sequel and inspired two further films, as well as the wider upsurge in kung-fu horror films in Hong Kong.

3. The Boxer's Omen (1983)

99 min | Horror

While in Thailand to avenge his brother who was crippled in a fight with a corrupt Thai boxer, a man gets caught up in a web of fate, Buddhism and black magic.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Phillip Ko, Shao-Yen Lin, Kar-Man Wai, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 982

aka The Boxer's Omen

One of the wildest films I've ever seen, and I do try and hunt them down. Starts off quite sedately but just keeps getting madder until towards the end you worry that you might have lost your mind. Best watched with another person, so you can ask each other 'Did that really just happen?'

4. Black Magic 2 (1976)

89 min | Horror

An evil magician and his zombie minions are up against a trio of doctors who are on a mission to find the cause of an outbreak of unknown diseases caused by his spells.

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Lung Ti, Ni Tien, Lieh Lo, Terry Liu

Votes: 307

aka Black Magic 2

5. The Seventh Curse (1986)

78 min | Thriller

A young heroic cop in the jungle of Thailand attempts to rescue a beautiful girl from being sacrificed to the "Worm Tribe" she belongs to. As a result, the cop is damned with seven "Blood ... See full summary »

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Siu-Ho Chin, Maggie Cheung, Ken Boyle

Votes: 835

aka The Seventh Curse

6. Mr. Vampire (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror.

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Siu-Ho Chin, Ricky Hui, Moon Lee

Votes: 3,200

aka Mr Vampire

The definitive Chinese hopping vampire film, the one that launched a thousand inferior copies. Lam Ching-ying provides the definitive performance as a Taoist priest entrusted with a stack of restless corpses. Combined with two idiotic assistants, trouble can only just be around the corner.

7. Mr. Vampire II (1986)

89 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Modern grave robbing "archeologists" find perfectly preserved specimens from the past of a man, a woman, and their child. Unbeknownst to the scientist and his two bumbling assistants, these... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Biao Yuen, Fat Chung, Billy Lau

Votes: 515

aka Mr Vampire II

Not only an inferior sequel (although that is partly because the original was so good) but the start of the Cute Vampire Kid (CVK) sub-sub-(sub?)-genre, which is a black mark against it too.

8. Magic Cop (1990)

87 min | Horror

A former cop rejoins the police department to investigate a drug ring that employs ghosts and vampires.

Director: Wei Tung | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Kiu Wai Miu, Wilson Lam, Mei-Wah Wong

Votes: 441

aka Magic Cop or Mr Vampire V

A modern day story with Lam Ching-ying's cop having to take on wild witches and some pretty tough zombies (just no actual vampires)

9. Kung Fu Zombie (1981)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A criminal comes to town in order to kill Billy Chong over a past dispute. But instead of getting his own hands dirty, he hires a Taoist wizard to animate some zombies to do the job for him... See full summary »

Director: Shan Hua | Stars: Billy Chong, Lau Chan, Kang-Yeh Cheng, Kei-Ying Cheng

Votes: 330

aka Kung Fu Zombie

10. Yin ji (1982)

88 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

The gates of hell open to let out the ghosts of the dead Chun Sing is visited by his deceased father, who tells the young man that his enemy is a priest who commands the dark forces of ... See full summary »

Director: Chiu Lee | Stars: Billy Chong, Lieh Lo, Chin-Lai Sung, Chung-Kuei Chang

Votes: 138

aka Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave

Billy Chong vs zombies, again.

11. Mr. Vampire Part 3 (1987)

88 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Expelled by a band of restless ghosts in his village, Taoist Priest Mao Ming, and his two spirit companions, visit another village to seek wealth. There, Ming meets Master Gau, the "Vampire... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Richard Ng, Billy Lau, Fong Lui

Votes: 439

aka Mr Vampire III

12. New Mr. Vampire (1986)

84 min | Comedy, Horror

A Hopping Ghost terrorizes a local warlord causing the local Tao Priest to compete for his services to rid the town of the menace.

Director: Billy Chan | Stars: Fong Lui, Siu-Ho Chin, Siu-Fung Wong, Fat Chung

Votes: 68

aka New Mr Vampire

Not actually part of the Mr Vampire series, the title actually translates as "The Vampire Revived" and shouldn't be confused with Mr Vampire 1992 (whose Chinese title does translate to "New Mr Vampire).

13. The Dead and the Deadly (1982)

97 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Wah Li, known as Fat Boy to his friends, lives with his great-uncle the priest (Uncle). Together with his oddball friends Lai Li and Momo, Wah Li helps Uncle to run the local funeral ... See full summary »

Director: Wu Ma | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Wu Ma, Ching-Ying Lam, Cherie Chung

Votes: 283

aka The Dead and the Deadly

really helped redefine the crazy kung-fu horror movie and laid the ground for Mr Vampire.

14. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Cheung's wife and boss are seeing each other, and decide to dispatch him with a wizard. But the wizard's rival aids and defends Cheung and a magic war rises.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fat Chung, Lung Chan, Ha Huang

Votes: 1,756

aka Encounters of the Spooky Kind

15. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 8,304

aka Chinese Ghost Story

16. A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990)

Unrated | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

In this installment of a phenomenal saga of the super natural, four young people are caught in a tug-o-war of evil between an Imperial Wizard and a corrupt General. Outrageous special ... See full summary »

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Michelle Reis, Jacky Cheung

Votes: 2,964

aka Chinese Ghost Story II

17. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

R | 89 min | Action, Horror

While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.

Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang | Stars: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege, Han Chen Wang

Votes: 3,558

Just here for the thumbnail.

18. The Era of Vampires (2003)

R | 90 min | Horror, Action

33 Metascore

Martial arts/horror movie from critically-acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark. In 19th century China, an evil monk awakens a nest of vampires hell-bent on devouring human life. Now, a ... See full summary »

Director: Wellson Chin | Stars: Ken Chang, Michael Man-Kin Chow, Suet Lam, Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan

Votes: 1,308

aka Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters

19. Shaolin vs. Evil Dead (2004)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

The plot thickens as the heroes, Pak and Hak, discover a horrible plan by the evil genius "DR.Magma" as he makes the evil dead come to life and fight the Shaolin monks that have mastered the art of fighting.

Director: Douglas Kung | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Siu-Wong Fan, Man Kit Cheung, Xiaohu Shi

Votes: 322

An attempted revival of the Chinese Hopping Vampire, the film is too long, rambles along and then just stops. There was no indication why, until the second part showed up 3 years later.

20. Shaolin vs. Evil Dead: Ultimate Power (2007)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Less a sequel than a prequel, it's more zombies and vampires as Gordon Liu (KILL BILL) returns in this highly anticipated sequel to SHAOLIN VS. EVIL DEAD. His fellow Taoist priest Hak (... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Kung | Stars: Siu-Wong Fan, Marsha Yuen, Siu-Ming Lau, Man Kit Cheung

Votes: 78

Less a sequel more the second half of an overly long film, that they released 3 years apart!! Nothing can live up to that kind of wait.

21. Mr. Vampire Saga (1988)

96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A Taoist Priest isn't too happy when his Buddhist Priest colleague moves in next door. They are subject to constant feuds and duels, but soon must overcome their odds towards each other ... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Anthony Chan, Wu Ma, Kar Lok Chin, Loletta Lee

Votes: 310

aka Mr Vampire IV

22. Witch from Nepal (1986)

89 min | Action, Horror

A Hong Kong man vacations to Nepal where a local tribe imbues him with magical powers which he must use to fight a growing evil.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Emily Chu, Kit Ying Lam, Dick Wei

Votes: 220

aka Witch From Nepal

23. Yi mei dao ren (1989)

86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A priest discovers that the water supply in his village has been contaminated by bats, and while in the process of digging a well to find new water supply, he inadvertently unearths the corpse of an evil Western priest.

Director: Ching-Ying Lam | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Siu-Ho Chin, Fong Lui, Maria Cordero

Votes: 339

aka Vampire vs Vampire or One Eyebrow Priest or New Mr Vampire 2

24. Exorcist Master (1992)

91 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

When a Catholic church in a small Chinese town falls prey to an evil combing the powers of Western and Chinese vampires, Taoist priest Uncle Nine (Lam Ching Ying) and Catholic priest Wu (Wu... See full summary »

Director: Wu Ma | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Wu Ma, Collin Chou, Wing-Cho Yip

Votes: 133

aka Exorcist Master

25. Encounter of the Spooky Kind II (1989)

100 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Impoverished teahouse worker (and martial-arts student) Abao is engaged to his boss' daughter, Little Chu, and fights to protect her from the lecherous advances of the wealthy but repulsive... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Ching-Ying Lam, Hoi Mang, Ha Huang

Votes: 305

aka Encounters of the Spooky Kind II (although not a true sequel)

26. Crazy Safari (1991)

96 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Two guys, one of them a magician, are transporting an ancient chinese vampire who can only be controlled by a series of yellow tapes, and is the ancestor of the other guy. On the way, while... See full summary »

Director: Billy Chan | Stars: N!xau, Ching-Ying Lam, Sam Christopher Chow, Lung Chan

Votes: 987

aka Crazy Safari or The Gods Must Be Crazy III

LCY in Africa chasing hopping vampires.

27. The Ultimate Vampire (1991)

88 min | Comedy, Horror

"Vampire Buster" Lam Ching-Ying returns as Master Gao in this vampire-filled adventure. Here, he joins forces with his colleagues in ridding their village of restless ghosts, Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Siu-Ho Chin, Ronald Wong, Carrie Ng

Votes: 110

aka The Ultimate Vampire

28. Mr. Vampire 1992 (1992)

88 min | Horror

Master Lam and his two disciples must battle a horde of Chinese vampires in order to get the teeth dust needed to cure an ailing general. Meanwhile, the general's wife is pregnant, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Ricky Hui, Siu-Ho Chin, Billy Lau

Votes: 179

aka Chinese Vampire Story or Mr Vampire 1992

Closest to an actual sequel to Mr Vampire as it got the old team back together.

Confusingly the title translates as "New Mr Vampire."

This is only available as a rather low quality DVD with Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave but as KFFBTG is well worth buying then, if you can ignore the picture quality, you should be fine.

29. Devil Fetus (1983)

84 min | Horror

A woman becomes possessed and dies after a monster is released from an antique vase she had purchased. Twelve years later the monster is re-awakened. First he possesses the family's dog, before moving on to the woman's nephew.

Director: Hung-Chuen Lau | Stars: Eddie Chan, Yung-Chang Chin, Pak-Kwong Ho, Meng-Kuang Hsu

Votes: 269

aka Devil Fetus

30. Zombi 56: Hopping Mad to the Sound of Music (1992)

90 min | Horror, Comedy

A crazy white scientist resurrects a corpse with a werid chemical creating a super hopping ghost. The only thing that can somewhat control it is the sound of music. A Tao Priest and his two... See full summary »

Director: Wilson Tong | Stars: Stanley Sui-Fan Fung, Dickson Ga-Sing Lee, Xin Xin Xiong, Loletta Lee

Votes: 66

aka The Musical Vampire

31. Centipede Horror (1982)

R | 93 min | Horror

A crazed evil wizard uses his powers to take revenge on beautiful women by making them vomit up live centipedes, which then proceed to eat their victims.

Director: Keith Li | Stars: Tien-Lang Li, Kiu Wai Miu, Hussein Abu Hassan, Chu-Kwong Chan

Votes: 268

aka Centipede Horror

32. Kong-Fu Wonder Child (1986)

90 min | Action, Fantasy

A clan leader's spirit essence is captured by an evil wizard and it's up to the Kung fu Wonder Child and her friends to save the day.

Director: Tso Nam Lee | Stars: Hsiao-Lao Lin, Yukari Ôshima, Shan Charng, Jack Long

Votes: 48

33. Magic of Spell (1988)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

Peach Boy and his mother live in a village. One day a young man comes to the village and asks Peach Boy as his teacher. At the same time, the Elder of Devil Palace kills his mother. The ... See full summary »

Director: Chung-Hsing Chao | Stars: Hsiao-Lao Lin, Pao-Ming Ku, Ching Wei Shen, Shan Charng

Votes: 51

34. Magic Warriors (1989)

Adventure, Fantasy

Little Flying Dragon finds himself responsible for protecting a small child named Golden Boy, who reluctantly plays an important role in the ongoing battle between good and evil forces.

Directors: Yan-Chien Chuang, Tso Nam Lee | Stars: Chung-chuan Chang, Shan Charng, Yen-Ru Chen, Kun-Yang Chu

Votes: 20

35. Fei tou mo nu (1982)

92 min | Fantasy, Horror

A woman who has been cursed by a witch must rip off her head every night so it can fly around, attack people and drink their blood, which keeps her alive.

Director: Jen-Chieh Chang | Stars: Hsiu-Chen Chen, Shang-Chien Liu, Chang Ma, Ling-Tzu Chin

Votes: 83

aka Witch With Flying Head

See also my list for similar films: Witches With Flying Heads

36. The Oily Maniac (1976)

84 min | Horror

A cripple takes revenge on criminals by using a magic spell that transforms him into an oily monster/superhero.

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Danny Lee, Ping Chen, Lily Li, Lun Hua

Votes: 608

aka The Oily Maniac

37. Devil Fetus 2: The Rape After (1984)

88 min | Horror

The figure of an evil genius is stolen by a photographer. At night the genius comes to life and rapes his girlfriend while both of them are drunk.

Director: Moon-Tong Lau | Stars: Cheng-Yu Chang, Tsui Sul, Yau Hau Chan, Hing Yue Chang

Votes: 86

aka The Rape After

38. We're Going to Eat You (1980)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

A secret agent investigates a village that is populated by crazed, inbred cannibals.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Norman Chu, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong, Michelle Yim

Votes: 731

aka We're Going to Eat You

A backwoods horror / rural survival film with kung fu.

39. Attack of the Joyful Goddess (1983)

92 min | Drama

A troupe of traveling performers stop in a small town. However, the general who controls the town has designs on the group's leading actress. They must figure a way to get out of town before the general has his way with her.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Feng Lu, Sheng Chiang, Shih Chin, Yung-Hsiang Chin

Votes: 39

Stars two of the Five Venoms.

40. The Bride with White Hair (1993)

92 min | Action

Cho Yat-Hang, the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang clan throne and the unsure commander of the clan's forces in a war against an evil cult, falls in forbidden love with Lien Ni-Chang, a killer for the evil cult.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Francis Ng, Elaine Lui

Votes: 3,077

41. The Bride with White Hair 2 (1993)

80 min | Action, Fantasy, Romance

On Kit and Lyre's wedding night, Lien Ni-Chang, the bride with white hair kidnaps Lyre and takes her to her harem of fighting women to indoctrinate her against Kit. Kit tries to lead a rescue party and go up against the formidable enemies.

Director: David Wu | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Christy Chung, Sunny Chan

Votes: 923

42. Aloha, the Little Vampire (1987)

91 min | Comedy

A young vampire boy embarrassed by his uncles' attempts to seduce his mother runs away from home.

Director: Yan-Chien Chuang | Stars: Yan-ru Chen, Shan Charng, Hai Hsing Li, Shue-Wen Ma

Votes: 9

aka Aloha Little Vampire Story

CVK film.

43. Hello Dracula (1985)

87 min | Comedy, Horror

The master of a traveling acrobatic squad is bitten off, and gets, a hopping vampire. When he begins to terrorize the city, uses Grandpa and Tien Tien master students as bait, so ghostly warriors, to eventually capture the creature.

Director: Chung-Hsing Chao | Stars: Tu Chin, Chung-Yu Huang, Shadow Liu, Chi-Chiang Chen

Votes: 15

One of the better CVK films.

44. Jiang shi fu xing zi (1991)

85 min | Comedy, Horror

A tourist group is forced by an accident to stay at a deserted village. The travelers discover a big diamond and steal it. Unfortunately, the diamond is cursed and enables a monster to gain... See full summary »

Directors: Sau Hin Ha, Keith Li | Stars: Billy Lau, Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Fui-On Shing, Frankie Chan

Votes: 41

aka Vampire Kids

One of the worst CVK films (OK there will be worse it is just they'll have a much lower visibility).

45. Doctor Vampire (1990)

98 min | Comedy, Horror