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Spooky Encounters
A Gwailo's Guide To Hong Kong Horror

Author: Daniel O'Brien
Out of Print

Format: Paperback
Size: 189mm x 246mm
Page Count: 192
ISBN-13: 9781900486316
Weight (g): 500
Genre: Headpressianism

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Flying ghosts, hopping vampires, seductive spirits, tree demons, evil sorcerers, living skeletons, possessed limbs and giant predatory tongues!

Tsui Hark’s A Chinese Ghost Story in 1987 gave many Western viewers their first taste of supernatural thrills, Oriental style. Yet the film was a comparatively late entry in a well-established genre. From Sammo Hung’s Spooky Encounters to King Hu’s valedictory Painted Skin, the 1980s Hong Kong ghost film cycle produced a stylish and distinctive body of work that compares with the best of Universal and Hammer.

SPOOKY ENCOUNTERS is the first book to provide a detailed, specific critical overview of the Hong Kong ghost film cycle of the eighties.

Gwailo: The Chinese term for a white foreigner is gwailo. Often translated as ‘foreign devil’, gwailo is more accurately rendered as ‘white ghost’ or ‘ghost man’.

"Very informative and well-researched... a breakthrough work on this underrated genre"
Bey Logan, author, HK cinema expert, film producer and writer

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