The irrepressible Sammo Hung is Daring Cheung (though within the movie he’s additionally known as ‘Fats Guts Cheung’) – an especially brave villager afraid of nothing although his braveness is first examined after a very eerie nightmare (the opening sequence) throughout which he manages to shake off two ghosts. Upon revealing the nightmare to his pals they problem him to spend the evening in a derelict home the place he should grasp one explicit process, particularly peeling an apple in entrance of a mirror. If he breaks the apple pores and skin then dangerous issues will occur… or so he’s advised. Nonetheless, his pals merely simply want to play a prank on the sympathetic however considerably naïve and gullible Cheung and fake to be numerous ghosts – till out of nowhere an actual ghost seems and snatches one in every of Cheung’s pals away along with her prolonged hand, whereas the traumatised Cheung himself manages to flee to security.
Having recovered from his ordeal, Cheung hits a neighborhood road market the next day. Delighting in a bowl of tofu pudding, Cheung overhears a dialog from the tofu vendor about his spouse’s infidelity. Together with his creativeness on overdrive Cheung makes his manner residence, solely to seek out two ‘Peeping Tom’ guards blocking the door to his personal home. The 2 guards belong to scheming previous Grasp Tam (Wong Ha) who’s having an affair with Cheung’s untrue spouse (Leung Suet-mei) – worse nonetheless, Grasp Tam additionally occurs to be Cheung’s employer! Alarmed by the ruckus outdoors the entrance door Grasp Tam manages to flee by means of the window, nonetheless, upon getting into the bed room the place his spouse acts like an harmless lamb Cheung discovers a worn-out slipper on the ground, which assuredly isn’t his. Confronting his spouse concerning the discover she throws a match with the intention to distract from her adultery and Cheung is left with no proof.
Conscious that he misplaced his slipper in Cheung’s bed room, Grasp Tam is changing into increasingly anxious that his affair with Cheung’s spouse will come to mild and thus decides to eliminate his rival. This he desires to realize with the assistance of priest Chin Hoi (Chan Lung) – a harmful warlock whose job it’s to make sure Tam’s orders are carried out with the help of black magic. In the meantime, junior priest Tsui (Chung Fats) is appalled that Grasp Tam and priest Chin Hoi ought to abuse the powers of their sect in such a dastardly manner and expresses his disapproval – in consequence he get’s chucked out of the sect.
As soon as once more our hapless hero Cheung is tricked into spending an evening in a abandoned temple with numerous guarantees ought to he survive… Suffice to say when witching hour approaches he finds himself confronted with the reanimated corpse of a hideous wanting hopping vampire hell-bent on destroying him. That is solely the primary of a number of nights throughout which the duties demanded of Cheung and the supernatural creatures chasing after him tackle ever extra outlandish kinds. On the identical time, warlock Chin tries his greatest to destroy Cheung along with his lethal magic whereas Tsui tries his greatest to counteract and defend his new ‘protégé’.
As mayhem and havoc enhance, so do the jaw-dropping stunts and the multi-layered storyline, which sees Cheung wrongly arrested for apparently having killed his spouse (who isn’t useless however hiding in Grasp Tam’s abode). The climax is pure motion dynamite and proof that Sammo Hung deservedly ranks among the many greatest and most completed of all Hong Kong martial arts stars!
That is terrific enjoyable although given the truth that it’s a horror themed movie it has its fare share of revolting moments too – reminiscent of maggots crawling over corpses or Daring Cheung mendacity subsequent to a rotten cadaver in a coffin riddled with mice and different vermin. Hardcore vegetarians ought to be warned that the movie comprises a scene during which a rooster is decapitated and no, the rooster isn’t a prop. As may be anticipated from any Sammo Hung movie, the stunts are completely insane whereas the units are elaborate and the cinematography is a deal with to take a look at.
ENCOUNTER OF THE SPOOKY KIND has its worldwide (2K restored) Blu-ray premiere and the primary print run (2000 copies) will function a Restricted Version O-card slipcase, collector’s booklet and reversible poster. Different bonus materials consists of te traditional trailers, audio commentary, interviews and nonetheless gallery. In Cantonese with non-compulsory English subtitles.