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Spooky Encounters (Gui da gui) (1980)

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Courageous Cheung (Sammo Hung) has a reputation for taking on any dare, no matter how foolish it may be, in order to prove his unabashed bravery. Though his friends often take advantage of his misguided machismo by luring him into dubious dares in which they attempt to scare him and laughingly ridicule him, Cheung is placed in very real danger after the Master -- the man his wife is having an affair with -- hires an evil Taoist priest to kill him in what Cheung at first considers a routine test of bravery. Utilizing multiple varieties of dark magic and evil trickery, including hopping vampires and possessed corpses, Cheung is placed in constant danger. Only through his swift kung-fu skills and quick thinking is Cheung able to escape death and hire a supernatural coach of his own in order to defend himself from the increasingly threatening legions of the netherworld. The fever pitch builds to a breaking point as Cheung and the evil Master face off as possessed marionettes guided by the spells and incantations of their powerful Taoist priest rivals. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Martial arts/horror/comedy that isn't really scary and only fitfully funny it does have one saving grace though Sammo Hung. The fight scenes are all spectacular I just wish there were more of them as I found the stuff in between not overly compelling.

Tim Rudzianski
Tim Rudzianski

Though the first reel doesn't have much of a bite and co-star Peter Chan Lung has never been so vexing "Encounter of the Spooky Kind" is notable for being one of the first films to marry horror and martial arts -- effectively -- due in large part to Sammo Hung's work in front of and behind the camera. Watch out (literally) for an unrecognizable Yuen Biao in a brief uncredited cameo as a vampire summoned to do battle with an unsuspecting Sammo. Speaking of staying alert some audiences will justifiably be disgusted by the decapitation of a live rooster during one sequence where Chan leads an occult ceremony.

Adam Laidig
Adam Laidig
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Ahh yes, the perfect choice to wash away the bad taste of watching a highly atrocious and pointless "horror" movie. Sammo hits gold by combining the supernatural, comedy and martial arts, setting the standard for other similar films to come. Delivering to the movie world one of the best concepts in decades: the jumping vampire/living dead zombie. Some of the comedy is, like other Sammo flicks, sometimes a bit of a hit and miss. It comes with the package, but if you don't mind that you will be pleased with great fight sequences and all sort of wacky and creative scenes and characters. Loved the final sequence, hit that bitch Sammo!

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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