Friday, August 22, 2008

Encounters of the Spooky Kind - About as Good as Movies Get...

Just saw this fantastic film again last night. It's about as perfect a genre film as you'll ever see. Encounters of the Spooky Kind, AKA Spooky Encounters, is a groundbreaking 1981 Sammo Hung film which was the first successful meld of kung fu, comedy and the supernatural. The movie was a big influence for Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II, and also was a great precursor to the also classic Hong Kong film Mr. Vampire.

If you haven't checked this film out, and are a fan of kung fu, comedy, and/or the paranormal, do yourself a favor and give it a look. Yes, it's an old school film with some cheesy makeup and old school effects, but that's part of this flick's charm. The movie is funny, highly creative, and has some great action set pieces - far better kung fu than you'll see in any modern day flick. Great to watch with a crowd.

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