Rigor Mortis (English Subtitled) 2013 NR

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Writer-director-producer, Juno Mak makes his feature directorial debut, Rigor Mortis is an eerie and chilling, contemporary, action/special effect laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980's.

Starring:
Anthony Chan, Siu-Ho Chin
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Rigor Mortis (English Subtitled)

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Action, Horror
Director Juno Mak
Starring Anthony Chan, Siu-Ho Chin
Supporting actors Kara Hui, Hoi-Pang Lo, Richard Ng, Hee Ching Paw
Studio Cinedigm
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Mix in some martial arts and you have a perfect homage to the classic Chinese vampire films of the past.
ERSInk . com
This movies is a pleasure to watch but it's all so artificial looking that I wasn't scared once throughout the entire Blu-ray(bought off Walmsrt for too much).
Fred
Really, that made way more sense now. lol The biggest problem I have with this movie is the story itself is so confusing.
S. Der

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Rigor Mortis is a Honk Kong horror/action films produced by Takashi Shimizu, creator of the Grudge film series. Chin Siu-ho is a down and out former film star who moves into a dilapidated apartment complex which is home to sorcerers, vampire hunters, ghosts, and several oddball residents. Upon arriving, the depressed Chin attempts to hang himself. His body is possessed by pair of female spirits who are driven off by Mr. Lau, a former vampire hunter. Chin meets several of the other residents including Yang Feng and her albino son, Pak and Auntie Meiyi and her husband Uncle Tung.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2014
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This was a great movie with very good special effects. The ending really blew me away, I did not expect that ending at all! Everyone did their part perfectly, with their nuances and subtle facial expressions, just a very good movie to rent and watch with a side order of popcorn and soda!
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Format: Blu-ray
Someone far wiser than I said it best: the truest horror films are the ones that scare you with the strength of their ideas. They scare you with what they don’t show you as much as what they do, and it’s those fleeting imaginings that you assemble in your own mind’s eye that’ll keep you awake at night. Granted, there has to be some compelling vision at the heart of every good spook story because that’s precisely what gets the ball rolling inside your head. If RIGOR MORTIS is any indication, then you’re be screaming downhill at the speed of sound before all of it comes crashing to its chilling climax.

(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.
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Format: Blu-ray
I make it no secret to anyone that I love the movies of Takashi Shimizu. One of the most exciting moments of my career as a movie blogger was getting the opportunity to interview the talented Writer / Director / Producer. While many grew weary of “The Grudge” after so many spin-offs and sequels, I actually enjoyed and found most of them terrifyingly entertaining.

His other works like “Reincarnation,” “The Shock Labyrinth,” and “Tormented” are all fine examples of what Shimizu can do outside the box of his most famous creation. I’ve been waiting years for his film “4700” to be released either straight-to-DVD or in theaters. It looks like we’ll have to settle for projects produced by him for a while. One of those was recently released by Well Go USA Entertainment.

“Rigor Mortis” is a supernatural tale featuring vampires, zombies, ghost hunters, and other creatures that haunt your nightmares. They all seem to have a fixation on the apartment building a washed-up suicidal actor moved into. As you can imagine, all sorts of very strange and disturbing occurrences unfold. Mix in some martial arts and you have a perfect homage to the classic Chinese vampire films of the past.

“Rigor Mortis” is presented in 16x9 widescreen with 5.1 HD Surround Sound. The natural color scheme is stylishly altered throughout giving it different moody elements. The audio features all sorts of oddly disturbing sounds for horror fans to enjoy and immerse themselves in.

There’s not much here for folks who like bonus material. All that’s included is a trailer for the movie. It would have been interesting to see a “Making of” featurette containing interviews with the cast and crew and production footage.

Although “Rigor Mortis” is unrated, I would give it an R.
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