Cannibalism occupies a special place in our psyche; the mere thought of it is often so horrible that such a film really doesn’t have to do much to inspire terror and revulsion in the audience.
It seems like retro Hong Kong cinema gets a bad rap by the public at large here in the west. Modern classics like Infernal Affairs and Iron Monkey either get remade by Hollywood or changed to the point of being unrecognizable, while countless influential films from Shaw Bros or Golden Harvest are enjoyed ironically while imitating the oftentimes bad English dubbing. I’m personally ecstatic to find out that the farther and farther I go back into the HK horror catalogue, I keep finding really solid films that stand on their own and are definitely worth watching today.
Today’s film, Biozombie, was released only one year after the handover, and was something of a bellweather, not necessarily of Chinese horror film, but rather the fact that it is likely the first horror film to be heavily influenced by video games!