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Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind

Released 1980
Distributor Tai Seng Video Marketing

Folks not familiar with the wild and wacky ways of contemporary Chinese horror films, particularly those that add humor to the mix, will probably be asking for the license plate of the truck that just ran them over after experiencing Sammo Hung’s 1980 freak show. Hung’s film is emblematic of the bizarre, anything-goes aspect of these films, from weirdly creepy “hopping” vampires to kung-fu savvy zombies. They may be ridiculous but they are never boring. 

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About Axelle Carolyn

A horror fan for as long as she can remember, Axelle Carolyn started out as a film journalist before writing and directing two award-winning short films in 2011, then her first feature, ghost story Soulmate, the following year. She is the creator and co-producer of 2015 horror anthology Tales of Halloween, for which she also directed a segment, alongside fellow TFH gurus Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez and Darren Bousman.