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Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters (The Era of Vampires) (2002)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
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Hong Kong legend Tsui Hark brings you this tale of high-kicking vampire action. A quartet of kung fu masters trained in the Taoist Mao Shan School of magic are on the hunt for zombie vampires in 19th century China. When their Master Jiang (Yu Rongguang) disappears in an intense fight with one of these nasties, Rain, Lightning, Thunder, and Wind set across the countryside for revenge as the Vampire King continues to terrorize the surrounding villages. Through their quest, our heroes discover love

Jun 17, 2003

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Murky, third-rate martial-arts film.

June 8, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The thrill is mostly gone in this supernatural mess.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Project has the stench less of rotting flesh than the whiff of a thoughtless quickie.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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Pleasantly cheesy but undistinguished martial-arts and horror fare.

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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You begin to realize that whatever name they want to give this dish, the chief ingredients remain ham, cheese and corn.

June 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Anything that reminds us that there are mass-entertainment options beyond Hollywood's banal formulas is worthwhile.

June 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Most disappointing is Hark franchising his name before the sell-by date has expired on his own filmmaking career.

June 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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I loves me a good kung fu zombie vampire action horror comedy flick, and Vampire Hunters delivers.

June 17, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Despite a few good fights, the stunts are indifferently executed.

June 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A passable attempt to mix the cheesy DIY effects of the first two Evil Dead movies with the... epic on a budget aesthetics of a The Bride With White Hair.

June 1, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
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It's more silly than scary and relies excessively on surprisingly low-rent CGI effects and crude wirework to drum up interest in the slight story.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Midnight-movie-riffic, and the less sense it makes, the more fun it becomes.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Audience Reviews for Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters (The Era of Vampires)

Another asian action-horror that really needed more story and character development to give it more depth. It's so full of plot holes and characters randomly appear from nowhere without any info on their backstory. It's as if the film starts at halfway through a story. Action-wise it is pretty entertaining and adds a bit of martial arts to the Vampire-slaying mix. It is very much an asian inspired take on the Vampiric genre but is actually more of a Zombie film. Decent entertainment overall, never boring or dull, but could have been better.
October 22, 2011
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Lee ?

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Master Mao Shan and his four best students?Wind, Thunder, Rain, and Lightning, are searching the countryside for Vampires. No one does Vampire films like this. Plenty of sword play. While searching they stumble on the lair of King Vampire and this dude can fight.. The film is full of great stunts and opens a new look at the vampires and zombies. 4 1/2 stars, get this one you will be blown away.
October 3, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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Worst and cheesy Hong Kong action horror film of students battling zombies in 19th-century China by Tsui Hark.
August 5, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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It's more silly than scary and relies excessively on surprisingly low-rent CGI effects and crude wirework to drum up interest in the slight story. An uninspired addition to the generally endearing subgenre.
April 21, 2008
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