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Every week, Imported Horror brings you the best of fiendish ghouls, bloodthirsty zombies and creepy ghosts from beyond the shining seas. We explore international horror movies and television shows from around the globe that are readily available on American streaming services. All episodes are spoiler-free.

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.

Rigor Mortis

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