Rigor Mortis (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | Horror, Drama, Action
103 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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Rigor Mortis Review


A public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos.

Rigor Mortis (2013) is a Hong Kong horror movie that is a tribute to the film series, Mr. Vampire. I gave this movie a five because the CGI was done well, and there was so much detail to the buildings, cord rugs, shades of chalk and other things in the movie. It is similar to The Ring in many ways except for the ghost possessed vampire concept. The trailer and movie poster gave me a different opinion of the movie and made me eager to see it, but I was disappointed after seeing it. Director Juno Mak failed at executing this movie to its full potential - the movie shows that this is Juno’s first movie to direct. Juno has potential, and I hope he learns his mistakes from this movie and brings us some outstanding vampire movies in the future. I like that Juno based this movie on Chinese believe of ghost mythology and that he showed us the backstory of the main characters. Juno did a good job picking cast members that has a lot of experience in the film industry.

Rigor Mortis is about depressed actor Chin Siu-Ho (Siu-Ho Chin - Tai-Chi Master, Fist of Legend, Revenge: A Love Story) who lost his wife and son. He moved to an old apartment building to end his life by hanging himself. Yau (Anthony Chan - My Americanized Wife, When Fortune Smiles, Twin Dragons) ran into Chin’s apartment and cut the rope around his neck and saved Chin from dying. Yau is a retired Taoist priest that suspects a female ghost of possessing Chin’s body. An old female neighbor, Mui (Hee Ching Paw - The Way We Are, Reign of Assassins, Mr. Cinema) came into the apartment and befriended Chin while talking to him about life. Mui is married to Tung (Richard Ng - Dynamite Fighters, Fuk Sing Go Jiu, Winners & Sinners) who had a fatal fall to his death after Chin moved into the apartment building. Mui seeks the guidance of Gau (Fat Chung - Crime Story, Ren Xia Ren, Spooky Encounters) who is a medium in an effort to resurrect Tung. Gau told Mui that Tung will come back after seven days, but she must keep the chain mask over his face and not to remove it at all. Watch the movie if you’re curious to see how Kau resurrects Tung with black magic into a zombie (later turning into a vampire) that I have never seen before.

Rigor Mortis was not an easy watch because it was too slow paced for more than half of the movie. I fell asleep twice during the beginning of the movie. The last 20 minutes was worth watching and the vampire scene was greatly done. I was confused with the last two minutes of the ending scene (alternate ending perhaps). I am not sure how Chin’s son came to claim his body. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who wants something that is entertaining, scary and has frightening scenes. The movie was visually appealing, music and slow motion effect was great and the fighting scenes were spectacular. Rigor Mortis became an official selection in the 2014 Stanley Film Festival.

About Rigor Mortis 2013

Title: Rigor Mortis
AKA: Geung si
Year: 2013
Runtime: 103 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Action
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
Starring: Anthony Chan, Siu-Ho Chin, Fat Chung, Kara Hui, Hoi-Pang Lo, Richard Ng, Hee Ching Paw, Billy Lau, Chun-Man Ko, Giselle Lam
Writers: Lai-yin Leung, Philip Yung
Director: Juno Mak