Mr. Vampire saga (1988) – the best horror movie to watch with your kids

It took a while but I managed to find a kung fu horror movie and it just happens to be a part of a series. Today we will look at chronologically the last one (part 4). 

Mr. Vampire is a 1985 Hong Kong comedy horror film directed by Ricky Lau and produced by the one and only Sammo Hung. It tells the story of two neighboring monks- a Buddhist and a Taoist who live alongside their pupils. Things seem peaceful at first but the monks start to get on each other’s nerves and begin a series of pranks and curses in the hopes that one of them moves out.

However, the arrival of a convoy of soldiers escorting a coffin containing a vampire stirs things up as the vampire breaks loose and the two monks must set aside their differences in order to combat it.

I wouldn’t really call this a horror movie, it did have vampires but there weren’t any horror elements in it. That’s why it feels as if it would be better suited for a child audience. It has vampires, kung fu and a lot of humor. Seriously. I have not laughed this much from a movie in a very long time. Despite its shortcomings the humor and chemistry of the monks was top tier and I loved it.

The juxtaposition between their styles and ideologies in a comical setting was fantastic. It made me care for the characters and really got me invested into the movie despite its silliness. The students were also stuck in their own love dynamic. The dimwit boy and the hard headed girl who were on much friendlier terms than their masters just trying to calm them down during their antics.

All in all, a great movie to watch with your kids. Sadly I started with part 4 it seems but they do not seem connected so as soon as I get ahold of one I will review it.

Final verdict: 7/10

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