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

  • May 25, 2019

    "Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters" is a distinctly different take on the vampire genre. No pretty boys here. This Chinese look at vampires is so different from their European cousins as to be barely recognizable. This movie follows the adventures of four apprentice vampire hunters on the trail of a powerful vampire after their master is lost. The four main characters are equal parts humours and skilled fighters. What makes this movie fascinating though is the vampires, their origin and powers. Like their European counterparts they are undead and feed off the living, but that is about where the similarities end. When a corpse reanimates it begins to feed off the living and is called a zombie. Though no shambling body here, they hop and levitate short distances to drink the blood of an unsuspecting victim. Not charming debonair creatures either, this is full on rot and falling flesh. As they gain in power they will eventually reach the status of vampire with the ability to fly, suck a victim to them, and draw their blood directly out of their body at a distance (about 20 feet away) leaving nothing behind but a desiccated corpse. They are absolutely terrifying! If you get within staking range of one of these you are already dead. I would recommend this for any fan of martial arts and monsters.

    "Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters" is a distinctly different take on the vampire genre. No pretty boys here. This Chinese look at vampires is so different from their European cousins as to be barely recognizable. This movie follows the adventures of four apprentice vampire hunters on the trail of a powerful vampire after their master is lost. The four main characters are equal parts humours and skilled fighters. What makes this movie fascinating though is the vampires, their origin and powers. Like their European counterparts they are undead and feed off the living, but that is about where the similarities end. When a corpse reanimates it begins to feed off the living and is called a zombie. Though no shambling body here, they hop and levitate short distances to drink the blood of an unsuspecting victim. Not charming debonair creatures either, this is full on rot and falling flesh. As they gain in power they will eventually reach the status of vampire with the ability to fly, suck a victim to them, and draw their blood directly out of their body at a distance (about 20 feet away) leaving nothing behind but a desiccated corpse. They are absolutely terrifying! If you get within staking range of one of these you are already dead. I would recommend this for any fan of martial arts and monsters.

  • Nov 22, 2013

    AKA "The Hopping Dead". Fans of vampires and zombies should check out this story about jiangshi (stiff corpse), Asia's supernatural hybrid. Nice martial arts too. "The film's action sequences have been staged with a dazzling finesse."

    AKA "The Hopping Dead". Fans of vampires and zombies should check out this story about jiangshi (stiff corpse), Asia's supernatural hybrid. Nice martial arts too. "The film's action sequences have been staged with a dazzling finesse."

  • Jul 22, 2013

    Most people simply did not get this one. A clever blend of horror, wu xia, and even comedy that has something for everyone. It's a breather from the western vampire tale with it's suave, clean cut bloodsuckers and replaces them with violent, merciless undead horrors and pits them against Taoist martial artists in a film that does not fail to entertain.

    Most people simply did not get this one. A clever blend of horror, wu xia, and even comedy that has something for everyone. It's a breather from the western vampire tale with it's suave, clean cut bloodsuckers and replaces them with violent, merciless undead horrors and pits them against Taoist martial artists in a film that does not fail to entertain.

  • Feb 03, 2013

    The high-flying action of Hong Kong Horror cinema returns with Tsui Hark's VAMPIRE HUNTERS! Four warriors set out on an epic quest to destroy the powerful vampire lord that has taken up residence in the Jiang household, but it will take all of their strength to defeat him and the legions of the undead that he has cast under his spell. VAMPIRE HUNTERS flows from the same vein of martial arts mayhem, humor, and horror that gave us MR. VAMPIRE in 1985. Director Wellson Chin breathes plenty of spooky atmosphere into the misty 17th century setting and moonlit battles, adding a frightening group of wax-covered corpses and rotting vampires to the mix. While the fast-paced fight choreography and wire work cannot compare to Hark's other pictures, they are very ambitious and extremely effective for the budget. VAMPIRE HUNTER's greatest fault lies in its characters, who each fall into one-dimensional stereotypes that lack definition. Regardless, MR. VAMPIRE fans will find this to be a worthy homage to the 1980's that provides plenty of action, excitement, and entertainment! -Carl Manes I Like Horror Movies

    The high-flying action of Hong Kong Horror cinema returns with Tsui Hark's VAMPIRE HUNTERS! Four warriors set out on an epic quest to destroy the powerful vampire lord that has taken up residence in the Jiang household, but it will take all of their strength to defeat him and the legions of the undead that he has cast under his spell. VAMPIRE HUNTERS flows from the same vein of martial arts mayhem, humor, and horror that gave us MR. VAMPIRE in 1985. Director Wellson Chin breathes plenty of spooky atmosphere into the misty 17th century setting and moonlit battles, adding a frightening group of wax-covered corpses and rotting vampires to the mix. While the fast-paced fight choreography and wire work cannot compare to Hark's other pictures, they are very ambitious and extremely effective for the budget. VAMPIRE HUNTER's greatest fault lies in its characters, who each fall into one-dimensional stereotypes that lack definition. Regardless, MR. VAMPIRE fans will find this to be a worthy homage to the 1980's that provides plenty of action, excitement, and entertainment! -Carl Manes I Like Horror Movies

  • Lee ? Super Reviewer
    Oct 22, 2011

    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.

    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.

  • Sep 02, 2011

    Flixster friends,if you want to look for Vampires genre combine with martial arts genre,I would urge you go watch Lam Chi Ying's Mr.Vampire trilogies.This one is really poorly made,really.Yes,there is some good fight sequence and good direction but just a few only and bad CGS.While,the Vampire king's make-up does look scary,however seems like they copy the idea from Aliens and Predators.What a waste of great tittle,Vampire Hunters.

    Flixster friends,if you want to look for Vampires genre combine with martial arts genre,I would urge you go watch Lam Chi Ying's Mr.Vampire trilogies.This one is really poorly made,really.Yes,there is some good fight sequence and good direction but just a few only and bad CGS.While,the Vampire king's make-up does look scary,however seems like they copy the idea from Aliens and Predators.What a waste of great tittle,Vampire Hunters.

  • Jun 13, 2011

    I was both bored and confused.

    I was both bored and confused.

  • Jun 10, 2011

    The dubbing takes an already corny film and grinds it into "weak sauce". The Chinese DON'T HAVE VAMPIRES in their mythology. The ghoulish undead are REALLY CALLED "KYONSHI". The dubbers try to westernize the Kyonshi and all of it's unique traits by saying "OUR VAMPIRES ARE VERY DIFFERENT." I find that rot...hard to swallow.

    The dubbing takes an already corny film and grinds it into "weak sauce". The Chinese DON'T HAVE VAMPIRES in their mythology. The ghoulish undead are REALLY CALLED "KYONSHI". The dubbers try to westernize the Kyonshi and all of it's unique traits by saying "OUR VAMPIRES ARE VERY DIFFERENT." I find that rot...hard to swallow.

  • May 26, 2011

    just ok melage of kung fu actioner combined with vamp/horror flick

    just ok melage of kung fu actioner combined with vamp/horror flick

  • May 25, 2011

    Tsui Hark produced this mess of a movie. Not sure if US Version is edited. But this is really hard to watch and keep track of. The movie is all over the place. Most bad Hong Kong movies have decent action. Vampires did not even do that. Do not rent this. Hark what happen to you. Your better than this.

    Tsui Hark produced this mess of a movie. Not sure if US Version is edited. But this is really hard to watch and keep track of. The movie is all over the place. Most bad Hong Kong movies have decent action. Vampires did not even do that. Do not rent this. Hark what happen to you. Your better than this.