The Jitters (1989)
Nomination Year: 1993
SYNOPSIS: Things are not well in Chinatown. People are coming back from the dead as "chiang-shihs" (pronounced "Kwan-shee"): sort of Chinese vengeful ghost-vampires. Only a special formula written on a piece of rice paper and stuck to the chiang-shih's forehead can neutralize it to dormancy. A young man must struggle against both this supernatural threat and a more mundane one, against neighborhood street gangs. This film is a definite must-miss (for most people); totally hilarious for folks like us.
- Stupidest-Looking Monster
Chiang-Shihs Wobble But They Don't Fall Down
The chiang-shih has a unique method of locomotion. Although it has legs like the rest of us, it hops around with its arms outstretched. Now most traditional vampires have quite an impressive array of powers and special abilites, but the Chinese version here seems to have only one: when it's knocked over, it springs right back up, defying all laws of leverage and logic. In this scene, the chiang-shih is hopping across a playground. The two little boys playing there run up to it. It turns and screeches at them. Of course, it's got really bad make-up and costuming to go along with its laughably odd behavior. The youngsters run away like mad, one of them yelling "Holy Shit!" Nice touch.
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