Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kitley's Krypt MYSTERY PHOTO #57

Another week, another MYSTERY PHOTO!

Jon Kitley, pillar of the Chicago Horror Community and head honcho over at KITLEY'S KRYPT, wants to challenge your horror knowledge. Week in, week out, he posts a Mystery Photo - sometimes from an obscure horror title, sometimes just an unusual shot from a well-known classic. We figured our faithful Claw readers would enjoy the challenge!

Our last photo was from Siu-Tung Ching's A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987). Considered one of the "101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die" and included in Steven J. Schneider's book of the same name, this is a stunning medley of genres (slapstick comedy, supernatural tale, kung fu action, romance) that culminate in a hugely enjoyable cinematic stir-fry from Hong Kong director Siu-Tung Ching. Performed with such “spirited” originality and panache that, while some elements are less successful than others, the sheer vitality of the presentation carries the day. The relationships between the human (Leslie Cheung) and inhuman (the luminous Joey Wang) characters are richly developed and the story is sparked along by plentiful eye-popping wire-work martial arts sequences. A brief musical interlude where a Taoist swordsman (Wo Ma) busts a move in the forest is a surreal highlight, and the heroes’ final confrontation with the dark forces - in Hell, no less - is among the more imaginative and energetic finales one is likely to find anywhere. Perhaps an acquired taste, but rewarding for the adventurous.

Let's see how you fare with this week's selection:

If you provide the correct answer, your name will be announced next week on the Kitley's Krypt website (http://www.kitleyskrypt.com), along with a new photo. Even if you don't know the answer, we welcome any sorta-kinda educated guess! So, send in your emails today and good luck!

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