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Tung falls down the stairwell and dies, breaking his neck. His body is found by Gau, a sorcerer who practices black magic. Gau preserves Tungs body and offers to resurrect him for Aunt Meiyi. When the ritual fails to work, Gau employs darker means, using the blood of a virgin to bring Tung back to life as a Jiangshi, a type of Chinese vampire. Tung becomes even more powerful when he is possessed by the two female spirits as he rampages through the apartment. Chin and Mr. Lau have to team together to stop the deadly spirit.
Rigor Mortis is a fantastically stylish film with visuals that often dazzle and a stunning climax. Tungs transformation into the spirit possessed Jiangshi was a ghoulish site to behold. Pure horror fans might be put off by the martial arts battle between Tung and the magically enhanced Chin but it was a thrilling conclusion anyway. It’s the middle portion of the film that you have to ride out in between the dynamite opening and climax sequences.
There are a lot of scenes where characters sit around and talk without much happening. I learned more about cooking glutinous rice than I ever wanted. Rigor Mortis has interesting characters but they just don’t have much to do for long stretches of the film. If you’re looking for a different type of horror film with both action and eye-popping visuals, look no further than Rigor Mortis.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)
From the product packaging: “A washed-up actor, desperate and suicidal, moves into a haunted apartment building where supernatural creatures, ghost hunters, zombies, and souls of the undead walk among his neighbors.”
And that’s quite probably all you need to know about RIGOR MORTIS. Does that sound interesting? Does that pique your curiosity? If so, then skip to the bottom. If not – or if you’re still uncertain – let me offer a few more words of inspiration.
Specifically, much ado has been made about how RIGOR MORTIS allies itself to some fairly classic Chinese vampires stories. Now if you’ve seen any AND you didn’t find them to be your cup of tea, let me assure you that for all of its posturing RIGOR MORTIS resembles very lightly many of those classic tales.Read more ›
Rigor Mortis (original Cantonese title - "Geung Si") is intended partially as an homage to the history of Chinese horror movies, especially the Hong Kong horror movies of the 1980s. I'm a big fan of Asian horror (and Asian movies in general), but watching this and thinking back, I realize I've seen lots of Hong Kong (and other Chinese) horror from the 2000s, but virtually nothing further back than that (an oversight I'm planning on correcting). So I don't know have anything from the 80s to directly compare it to, but apparantly black magic wizards and vampires were plentiful in that era's HK film output. In the case of the latter, hopping vampires to be specific. Don't laugh. Apparently they were used in a number of horror comedies, but also in more straight horror movies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3 star, Creep Factor: Super-Intense, Ending: Unexpected, Gore: A lot
This is a Chinese movie about ghosts but not like Ringu or the others. Read more
love this new Horror movie from China. bought it last year at my Walmart for only 12 bucks. was not a waste of money I spent. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Alan B
I thought this movie was amazing! I loved how it was filmed and the effects. It's not really scary, but there's some creepy elements.Published 29 days ago by Katie D.
This is a tale of a man and the inhabitants of the building he moves to. Asian ghost stories are one of my favorite genres and this film delivers in high quality. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah T
not scary, expected, too lengthy, the plot is a mixture of boring and unnecssary. Visual effect is the only plus i give. other than that, I am not impressed by it! Read morePublished 6 months ago by mike
Whether you are a fan of vampire lore, of the more flamboyant ghost flicks that have emerged from Hong Kong cinema, or simply a fan of Asian horror, Rigor Mortis is well worth a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Beckstrom