RIGOR MOR­TIS

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated dvd & blu-ray -

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2013 | 15 | DVD

Fans of Hong Kong “hop­ping vam­pire” hor­ror- come­dies of the ’ 80s like Mr Vam­pire will be in­ter­ested in this homage – but may be dis­ap­pointed, since direc­tor Juno Mak’s aim was to de­con­struct the genre; in the process, he dropped the com­edy. Mix­ing sen­ti­men­tal­ity with scares and silli­ness, it fol­lows a failed ac­tor who moves into a haunted ten­e­ment. We said: “Stylishly shot and packed with per­for­mances far bet­ter than the patchy script de­serves… they steal the show from some in­tense vis­ual ef­fects and mem­o­rable mon­sters. But the film spends too much time be­ing po- faced. It’s a shame that Mak has brought a much- loved genre back from the dead whilst leav­ing be­hind its soul.”

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