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.Written by
Michael J. Werner
Actor Siu-Ho Chin wanted to appear looking "tired" in the movie, so, he requested to be awaken before every 3rd hour after sleeping to prevent him from hitting a REM cycle. Director Juno Mak made the first call to his hotel room to wake him up everyday. See more »
Towards the beginning, we see Pak exiting the elevator through a reflection of Chin's sunglasses. In this image, we also see the floor number 24. However, since this is being seen via reflection, the number 24 should be reversed as a mirror image, but it is not. See more »
Right up to and at least one minute passed the very end of all the main end credits' there is a shot of the "vampire blood-wheel" in motion. Again, this is after the end credits after at least one minute of blank/black screen, on the UK Metrodome DVD. See more »
Rigor Mortis is not a horror movie that is eager to scare the pants out of people. As what the trailer suggests, it is a moody atmospheric horror movie that is borderline art-house. What may surprise audience is that it actually takes its time to develop the story.
The story: It is quite straight-forward. A man moves into a spooky apartment in a 'washed- out' building. It is expected as spirits inhabit the apartment and things happen. Hold on before you think this will turn into a thrilling and scary ride. In fact, this favours slow-burning thrills and pace. It doesn't move in a break-neck pace but strangely the slow-burning pace will urge you to find out more. It builds up to a visually stunning climax where a fight with the vampire ensues. The stylish effects including the slo-mo and a few brief fight scenes enhance the movie, adding a flavour to it. The moody atmosphere of the movie is commendable.
Overall: It is commendable that this breaks away from the other horror movies. Instead it is a bleak but stylish horror movie with a slower pace. Watch this movie without thinking too much and let the story reveal its truth in its own style.
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