Hong Kong director Juno Mak (Dream House, Let’s Go) and producer Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On series) has created one hell of a visually disturbing vampire flick with Rigor Mortis. First off, I’m big on clean cinematography in horror, even if it’s cleaned up in post, it’s always more pleasing to the eye to see well lit darkness and that seems to be what Juno has done with Rigor Mortis. Checkout this trailer, it’s got some pretty iconic moments in it. Well except his take on the twins in Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, but in Juno’s defense, I think it’s more of an homage than ripping off.
Rigor Mortis is set in a creepy and moody Hong Kong public housing tower whose occupants we soon discover, run the gamut from the living to the dead, to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires and zombies. The film stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho (Siu-ho) as a former vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line as a washed-up star who is also separated from his wife and alienated from his son.
Down on his luck and with barely a dollar to his name, he checks into room 2442 in the housing estate which is allegedly a haunted flat. His aim is to end his misery by doing himself in, but instead Siu-ho is interrupted by some of the other “occupants” of the building including a Taoist master-exorcist (Anthony Chan), a traumatized housewife with a tragic past (Kara Hui), as well as a seemingly benign elderly woman (Paw Hee-ching) who has an empty coffin conspicuously hanging in the middle of her apartment. Soon it becomes apparent to Siu-ho that the people around him and the situation are far from normal. Despite his lack of belief in superstition, Siu-ho is soon thrust into the battle of his life as vicious vampires having a lot of unsettled business begin to rise from the dead…