by Randy Fox
When director Ricky Lau’s Mr. Vampire was originally released in 1985, the Hong Kong film industry was in the middle of a renaissance. The movies pouring out of Hong Kong were wilder, crazier and more spectacular than just about anything seen up to that time — all that was needed was hopping vampires. And Mr. Vampire delivered in spades, with moments of genuine creepiness, slapstick comedy, spectacular martial arts and a career-making performance by chop-socky veteran and martial artist Lam Ching Ying as the “One-Eyebrow Priest.”
The movie was such a hit that it inspired a dozen official and unofficial sequels, as well as an entire genre of martial arts comedy-horror films. So grab a bag of sticky rice (the garlic equivalent for Chinese blood-suckers), see the movie at 8 and 10 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Logue's Black Raven Emporium in East Nashville — and forget trying to run, because Mr. Vampire can always hop faster!
Also tonight at Logue's, after Mr. Vampire at midnight with one show only: the Nashville premiere of the sorority-babe splatterpalooza Alpha Girls. How will you resist a movie about Satanic shenanigans at a sexed-up sorority house, especially when it co-stars Ron Jeremy (typecast as a priest) and Schoolly D! The red-band trailer follows below....