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original title: Rigor Mortis
duration: 1h 43min
tags: The dead will rise (UK DVD, front)
budget: HKD 15,000,000
keywords: vampire, directorialdebut, hongkong, ghost, blondboy, chinesemythology, washedupactor, cultfilm, exorcism, resurrection, companionship, community, twins, loneliness, brokenmarriage, blackmagic, mother
It's been long since there's a representative movie for the Hong Kong movie industry. Rigor Mortis falls in that category, one which possibly can turn the tide of the industry, if the other Directors picks up the finer points of the movie and understand the new consumer pattern of the current generation of movie-goers, and stop mass producing those hilariously distasteful slap-stick movies.
Watch it with an open mind, and the plot will suck you in before you knows it. There's a certain amount of gore and violence, not excessive though. Nicely shot scenes and generally tight plot.
My only issue is the ending, but that said aside, it is much because I was expecting something more at the end. Otherwise, a great movie which I'll recommend for all Mr Vampire series fans. 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.
http://moreviewsed.blogspot.sg Rigor Mortis functions best as an above-average fright flick, distinguished by its sense of supernatural folklore