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Old 05-08-2018, 07:43 AM
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Chinese hopping vampire

I had read about this in some horror film book, but never seen it
before. I can't even remember the title of this atrocious vampire film
from the 1960s which I saw on DVD.
The monster looks more like a zombie than a vampire. And what is its method of locomotion? It hops! Like a bunny rabbit. It looks ridiculous.
I had to double-check that this wasn't a comedy.
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:17 PM
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I had read about this in some horror film book, but never seen it
before. I can't even remember the title of this atrocious vampire film
from the 1960s which I saw on DVD.
The monster looks more like a zombie than a vampire. And what is its method of locomotion? It hops! Like a bunny rabbit. It looks ridiculous.
I had to double-check that this wasn't a comedy.
I'm pretty sure it's based on a mythical monster from ancient Chinese folklore because I have seen these kind of "hopping vampires" referenced in things like the Darkstalkers video games and such.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:04 PM
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It’s “Mr. Vampire”.

But there’s also jumping vampires in “A Chinese Ghost Story” and probably many others from the 80s, 70s and 60s. Looks ridiculous.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:34 AM
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I'm sure that we Westerners have some monsters that they think are pretty silly. Like those magical Irish midgets known as leprechauns.

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Old 05-12-2018, 08:50 PM
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A jiangshi, also known as a Chinese "hopping" zombie. Referred to as Jiangshi (殭屍) – meaning “hard or “stiff”, Jiangshi was a word originally used to mean “corpse” – this cursed soul was stiffened by rigor mortis and unable to move beyond a hop, like some undead pogo stick, with its arms stretched out in front of it for balance. Source

Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) was the first film based on the jiangshi of Chinese legends.

But Mr. Vampire (1985) was the breakthrough success of the genre. The film established many of the genre's recognizable tropes.[17] Source

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Old 05-13-2018, 05:42 AM
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A jiangshi, also known as a Chinese "hopping" zombie. Referred to as Jiangshi (殭屍) – meaning “hard or “stiff”, Jiangshi was a word originally used to mean “corpse” – this cursed soul was stiffened by rigor mortis and unable to move beyond a hop, like some undead pogo stick, with its arms stretched out in front of it for balance. Source

Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) was the first film based on the jiangshi of Chinese legends.

But Mr. Vampire (1985) was the breakthrough success of the genre. The film established many of the genre's recognizable tropes.[17] Source

Ah, that actually makes sense why they would move in such a way.
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