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愛上屍新娘 (2006)
Dating a Vampire

Reviewed by: smoke
Date: 10/31/2008

Silly antics which is just a Hong Kong remake of Fright Night, with Alex Fong and Sammy Leung as Charlie Brewster and "Evil" respectively, down to the role of Yuen Wah's Mister M being a very significant rip-off of Roddy McDowell's Peter Vincent "The Great Vampire Killer".

Check out those scenes which are reminiscience of the good old Fright Night, where Yuen Wah / Peter Vincent is a down-on-his-luck conman and when he realised the owners are vampires when they don't cast reflection in the mirror, when Sammy Leung / "Evil" turned into a vampire and tried to pull a fast one on Alex Fong, etc.

Now on the other hand, the character played by Miki Yeung seems to be like Siu Sin in A Chinese Ghost Story. Even the romance between her and Alex Fong is a complete rip off from A Chinese Ghost Story, what with her remains being buried alongside a demoness which intends to marry her off to some other demon.

Great acting on Yuen Wah's part, the rest of the newer actors / actresses are just more like flower vases except for Sammy Leung's irritating yet funny character which blows some life into the movie.

I'll be forgiving and give it a 5/10 even though the plot has no originality.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 01/09/2007
Summary: stretched to 89 minutes

Clarence Ford and Wong Jing pull a prank on Hong Kong’s teenage moviegoers. Casting young actors Alex Fong Lik-Sun and Miki Yeung Oi-Gan in a film called Dating a Vampire is sure to sell some tickets. I guess. Earlier, Ford and Wong presented a ghost movie called Don’t Open Your Eyes, with Alex Fong Chung-Sun and Jo Kuk Cho-Lam in similar roles. They must have had money and raw stock left over, so they kept the production crew together, switched some actors around, and made this movie.

The new face of Hong Kong comedy and the actor many Westerners find most annoying, Sammy must have hit it off with director Ford on the first movie. This young actor is not afraid to commit to whatever silliness is put before him and Ford turns him loose here. Yuen Wah reprises his Taoist ghostbuster antics, this time as the host of some whacked-out spiritual TV show who is recruited to help defeat the ghosts.

Ford and his cinematographer Joe Chan Kwong-Hung do a nice job capturing the look of 60’s era Hong Kong during the ghostly scenes while Zuki Lee Si-Pooi and Cynthia Ho Yin-Wah manage to be real creepy as the seductive monsters. Dating a Vampire is best described as about an hour of some weak original material stretched to 89 minutes with slow motion effects and repetitive tracking shots.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 09/26/2006

The DVD cover bills Dating a Vampire as "the reteaming of the duo that brought you Naked Killer", but it offers little of the fun of the Category III classic. It's yet another dopey horror picture that Hong Kong producers seem to be still intent on cranking out these days, even though no one seems to care about them. But I subjected myself to watching it. Why? I'm not sure -- but let's grab a beer or two and get on with the review, shall we?

Dating a Vampire stars Alex Fong and the incredibly annoying Sammy Leung as a couple of medical students who go to an abandoned apartment building to study for final exams. The only other people in the building are a trio of cute women (Miki Yeung, Zuki Lee and Cynthia Ho) who strangely dress like they're still in the 1960's. Well, it turns out that they dress like that because they were vampires who were "turned" during that time.

Why exactly they haven't bought new clothes since then, even though their apartment has stuff like a flat-screen TV in it, is never explained. Also, the vampires have mirrors in their apartment. Why the hell would vampires need mirrors? Anyway, the trio has killed 999 "bad guys" and need the blood of just one "good guy" so they can achieve immortality. And guess who the good guy is? So, enlisting the aid of a TV Taoist ghostbuster (Yuen Wah, in a total "beer money" role) and his brother who is in the SDU (Andy On), Alex sets off to destroy the vampires.

I really don't know where to start with this. The acting is piss-poor, even by horror movie standards. Does Sammy Leung have some donkey show pictures of Charles Heung? I cannot fathom why this "actor" keeps on getting work. I wanted to jab him in the kidneys about five minutes into the film. The other actors don't fare much better. Yuen Wah tries his best, but it's almost embarrassing seeing a man who was in some of the greatest action movies ever created slumming in fare like this.

If you're expecting the horror bits to save the movie, don't hold your breath. The vampire makeup is laughable, consisting of white face paint and cheesy-looking fangs... which sometimes fall out of the mouths of the actors! Clarence Fok tries to create a spooky atomsphere with dim lighting and "fancy" camera techniques, but it totally fails. I've seen more compentent shooting and editing on amateur films on YouTube.

From beginning to end, Dating a Vampire does nothing but alternately bore and annoy the viewer, and frankly should not be viewed by anyone with a lick of sense. Even after a six-pack of Heineken, it was a chore getting through this one. The movie gets a couple of points for the eye candy from the actresses, but if you're looking for some T&A -- or just a decent horror movie -- there are far better alternatives to be found elsewhere.

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Reviewer Score: 3