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Let’s Go Haunt Hong Kong

Posted in Asian Horror, Foreign Horror, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Inner Senses

To say Yan, a single young female, is bonkers-between-the-ears is an understatement. She was that way long before she moved into a haunted apartment building and started seeing visions of dead people. (Probably just the ghosts of freshness expired tenants who died there.)

Inner Senses

When Yan and her easily spelled name goes to a psychologist, the doc starts seeing dead people as well, which triggers his suicidal tendencies. Yep, that’s a medical professional I wanna go to.

Inner Senses

Ghosts show up in bathroom mirrors but not in the toilet. Ghosts show up in the pool, but not on the diving board. The psychologist, in an attempt to rid himself of these visions, self-medicates via shock therapy. This aspect really needed exploring since they weren’t gonna show naked anything.

Inner Senses

The doc cures the chick and eventually moves in and makes out with her, but he can’t cure himself. What the heck, doc? Just write yourself a prescription and get over it. What are all these issues living people have with ghosts anyway? So what if spirits can see you playing with yourself — so can your neighbors.

Inner Senses

Inner Senses (aka, Yee do hung gaan/2002) is Hong Kong’s answer to The Sixth Sense (1999). Boring, predictable, slow and anti-climactic, it was also the answer to a question no one asked.

Doctor to the Monsters

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Science Fiction, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

House of Dracula

House of Dracula (1945) is the cash-in sequel to House of Frankenstein (1944). Sadly, Co-op of The Creature and Duplex of the Damned never got off the drawing board. Dang it all to heck.

House of Dracula

In HoD, Dracula (aka, Baron Latos) is fed up with being a vampire and seeks the medical acumen of castle-dwelling Dr. Franz Edelmann. No word on whether or not Dracula got a referral from his primary care physician.

House of Dracula

Doc Edelmann, aided by two nurse assistants (one is a supermodel, the other a hunchback who looked like she just had her bra on backward), tells Dracula that he’s been experimenting with clavaria formosa, a plant whose spores have the ability to reshape bone. (Sorry skeletons; doesn’t work on you.) And with a series of blood transfusions, he can cure the quitter vampire. (P.S. The blood comes from Edelmann himself. Put that up there in the Top 5 malpractices suits of all time.)

House of Dracula

The doc must’ve left his “walk-ins welcome” sign on because Larry Talbot – the Wolf Man – also shows up, begging the doc to find a cure for his lycanthropy. (Geez, who’s next – the Mummy needing his Band-Aids™ changed?)

House of Dracula

As we all know, Talbot hates being a werewolf because of all that primal need to kill stuff. The doc theorizes that Larry’s wolf-y upgrade is not due to the moon’s influence, but there’s pressure on his brain that, with a little open head surgery and some science mold spores from the same plant, he can cure the fur.

House of Dracula

Of course, all of this goes to heck in a hand basket. During the transfusion, Dracula punks the doc and Nurse Hunchback by hypnotizing them and reversing the blood flow, thereby infecting Edelmann with Type-Oh No Negative. Now the doc’s a vampire that runs around town making work for the coroner.

House of Dracula

Somehow they wedge Frankenstein’s monster into the mix. Why not? In for a penny, in for a pound. While F’s monster doesn’t really do anything except lumber around like it was last call, it’s the now evil doc who needs to taste the wrath of torches and rakes wielded by hangman jury-esque villagers.

House of Dracula

Dracula, wearing a top hat indoors (how rude), is hammy and seems to be phoning it in. Larry Talbot sports a mustache (like he freakin’ needs more hair on his face). The doc – in both care giver and care taker form – gets most of the screen time (and will no doubt bill you for it). The hunchback nurse is killed and her body tossed in a cave hole. (I had a hunch that would happen. Heh.) And Frankenstein’s monster, who locked it up with Larry in Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943), gets the raw end of the electrode YET AGAIN, and goes up in flames with the rest of the castle in the movie’s rushed climax/ending. He’ll be back.

House of Frankenstein / House of the Wolf Man

P.S. Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s M were reunited in 2009’s House of the Wolf Man. Those two just can’t seem to get along. Maybe they should try regular therapy instead of shock therapy.