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MIDNIGHT MADNESS Section
Director: Juno Mak
Stars: Chin Siu-Ho, Kara Wai, Nina Paw, Anthony Chan, Lo Hoi Pang, Richard Ng, Chung Fat

Official synopsisJuno Mak’s debut feature Rigor Mortis is an eerie and chilling, contemporary action- and special effects-laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980s.

Colin Geddes says: This might sound a little pompous, but this is a post-modern take on the Hong Kong hopping vampire films. This gets a little more exotic and esoteric than the other films here. In the 1980s, there was this wave of horror films in Hong Kong called "the hopping vampire films," which were basically Chinese vampire films. In folklore and mythology, Chinese vampires weren't camera-friendly, they didn't really work for a film, so they invented this creature which became the Chinese vampire, and it hops.

The main film was called Mr. Vampire [1985], and if you're able to track it down, Rigor Mortis will make so much more sense. It has a lot of the same actors in it. It's basically this loving homage to those older films. The director, Juno Mak, hasn't made a film before this, but he's a huge pop singer in China. The film is gorgeous.

This one might be the Midnight Madness curveball this year—it might baffle people. There are just some really beautiful, crazy, wild images. The original Mr. Vampire was a kung-fu horror comedy; it's one of my favorite films. So to suddenly see this director return to those original actors is...can you tell I'm excited about this one? [Laughs.] But it's one that I know is going to be misunderstood, but there will also be a good portion of the audience who will get it and appreciate it.