Apr 30, 2020
Not every vampire is suave and sophisticated. Some hop and lurch, clumsily thirsting for violence - or awkward romance. Marcus and Melissa explore two modern revivals of Hong Kong's "hopping vampires," campy horror-comedy monsters from the 1980s with roots in Chinese legends. They also liken coronavirus safety to an especially grim 1990s sitcom and a carnivorous Would You Rather.
Motion Picture Terror Scale: 1 (Marcus) / 3 (Melissa). Quality: 3. Enjoyment: 3 / 4.
Vampire Cleanup Department
MPTS: 0. Quality: 3. Enjoyment: 1.
Articles mentioned in this episode:
"Chinese Vampire" in TV Tropes
"‘Mr. Vampire’: The Definitive Jiangshi Movie," by Tristan Shaw in supchina
"Rigor Mortis revives the hopping-vampire movie," by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky in the A.V. Club
"RIGOR MORTIS: INTERVIEW WITH JUNO MAK," by Pam Jahn in Electric Sheep Magazine
"Anthony Yan and Hang Chi interview: Vampire Cleanup Department," by Andrew Daley in Eastern Kicks
"Dinosaurs Is the Only Family Sitcom Grim Enough for This Moment," by Lili Loofbourow in Slate