Spooky Encounters

A Gwailo's Guide To Hong Kong Horror


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

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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, as used in the subtitle of the book, is the Chinese term for a white foreigner. 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, Hong Kong cinema expert & film producer

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By Daniel O'Brien
Book Format Paperback
Book Pagecount 192
Book ISBN 978-1-900486-31-6
Book Size 246mmx 189mm
SKU: f033ab37c302
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