FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind 2

We love a good sequel here at Cinefamily, and the ever-astonishing Sammo Hung’s Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind 2 is no exception. Hung multitasks, as usual—writing, starring, and choreographing—in this absurd and squirm-inducing tale of the fallout of relationships, jealousy, and infidelity. An evil Taoist sorcerer (just as in the 1980 first film) is brought in to remove Sammo’s character from the equation, because they like the same girl. Locked in a dungeon, Sammo, Meng Hoi and Lam Ching-Ying battle it out with gyonshies, kung fu mummies, and skilled snakemen. Although the excessive commitment to slapstick of the first film is gone, Encounters is of a piece all its own.

Dir. Ricky Lau, 1989, 35mm, 87 min.

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