Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
It seems that 17th Century China had a bit of a plague of zombies that after chowing down of human flesh turn into vampires. It’s up to five warriors to kick hopping zombie butt; and yes I did say hopping... as in bunny rabbit.
Is it good movie?
Somewhere between Evil Dead and Xena: Warrior Princess, Tsui Hark came up with Vampire Hunters. This is a strange bit of lunacy that has a whole lotta plot but frankly I really didn’t care. See…there are zombies that feast on human flesh then turn into vampires; that's when they get really nasty. So there is a big problem in little China. Luckily they've got Vampire Warriors and they are here to save the day. Meanwhile, there is some rich dude who has a butt load of gold which everyone wants to take. This dude also has a strange little fetish of turning his recently deceased relatives into something that should be displayed in the Hollywood Wax Museum (yes, he makes wax figures with them). And then there is the Vampire King. You ever see the episode of South Park where they dig up Kyle’s dead Grandma to scare some older kids? Well, that is what this here King looks like. But I didn’t care at all about any of that. I just had fun.
This is a pretty good looking, atmospheric little movie. And it’s kind of a blast to watch especially if you’ve had a few drinks and you get a group together. You can shout at the screen, make up your own dialogue and just enjoy this Vamp. One thing I really dug are the characters named Hei, Fat, Kung and Choi (Ken Chang, Michael Chow, Suet Lam and Kwok Kuen Chan). These dudes are a blast to watch and have some real fun here without “wink-winking” at the audience to let them know they are in on the joke. They are having a real good time with what they got and it shows. I mean, you got everything in this flick including “hopping zombies”. Yes, I said hopping zombies that bounce around and they don’t really seem to want to eat. They look like they are all in some giant pinball machine.
The look of the film is better than it should be. The sets are nice and they have the fog machines working overtime. And the lighting gives it that perfectly eerie look that made me believe vampires and zombies are going to be showing up at the party. Pretty stylish looking movie but a major downfall is the gore and special effects. Not so special folks but I’m not sure they are supposed to be. The CGI they use is just awful and let us not forget the King Vamp… seriously, Kyle’s Grandma is way scarier.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Surround
What extras? We get three Trailers for "Cowboy Bebop", "National Security" and "Time and Tide".
This is Producer Tsui Hark's party movie. There is a bunch of “plot” going on but who the hell cares, I just enjoyed the ride. All the actors are having a blast with this and so will you as long as you don’t except a truly engrossing horror flick. Its kung-fu, hopping zombies and just the right amount of camp. Not the greatest flick in the world but it ain’t trying to be (I hope). But I do recommend you have a few beers for this one, cuz just like a night of partying… you’ll have a blast all throughout but feel pretty damn embarrassed about it the next morning.