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Sadako vs Kayako

Sadako-vs-Kayako-posterDirector: Kôji Shiraishi

Writer: Kôji Suzuki, Takashi Shimizu (characters only)

Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Masahrio Kômoto, Masanobu Andô, Rina Endo, Elly Nanami

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 98mins

Year: 2016

What’s the story: Two college girls unleash the dormant spirit of Ring’s Sadako when they discover the cursed video tape. In another part of Tokyo, a high school student dooms herself when entering the house haunted by The Grudge’s Kayako. Is pitching the two legendary evil spirits against each other the only way to survive?


What’s the verdict: (Franchise) vs (Franchise) movies are typically a case of “nice idea, shame about the execution.” Alien vs Predator, Freddy vs Jason, Batman v Superman… underachievers all.

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Rigor Mortis

Rigor-Mortis---posterDirector: Juno Mak

Writer: Jill Leung, Philip Yung

Cast: Siu-ho Chin, Anthony Chan, Kara Hui, Richard Ng, Hee Ching Paw, Billy Lau

Cert: 18

Running time: 105mins

Year: 2013


The lowdown: The Hong Kong “hopping vampire” movies of the 1980s are spliced with old-school J-Horror in Juno Mak’s imaginative debut. In a dilapidated apartment block, Sui-ho Chin plays himself as a washed up movie star, possessed by troubled spirits after a botched suicide attempt. But, these spirits are not the only ones going bump in the night in this sombre, visually inventive spooker. Hong Kong film fans will enjoy watching Mr Vampire alumni Siu-ho Chin and Anthony Chan pay homage to the horror favourites they appeared in thirty years ago.


The full verdict: You don’t have to be familiar with the Mr Va...

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