Ghost Busting (1989)

Zap!
Zap!

This Hong Kong horror-comedy was directed by Lau Sze-Yue,  stars Sandra Ng, Sharon Kwok and Danny Chan, and features a school for learning magic that is threatened by a bunch of evil beings.

Thai poster for the movie
Thai poster for the movie
It's rude to dribble blood out of your mouth
It’s rude to dribble blood out of your mouth

Together with lots of (quite puerile and dated) gags and pratfalls, there are some novel fantasy elements. For instance, a group of the students attempt to beat the supernatural foes by reincarnating into various ‘foreign gods’. So, one by one, they turn into Chinese versions of Elvis, Charlie Chaplin and Jesus… with the tune ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ playing in the background! The hero also transforms into ‘Bruce Lee’, complete with GAME OF DEATH orange tracksuit. The most imaginative reincarnation occurs when four of the students merge into one being… a multi-faced Hindu god. Neat idea!

She's angry!
She’s angry!
A vampire locks the office door, then swallows the key!
A vampire locks the office door, then swallows the key!

One of the villains bares his torso to reveal a chest covered with screaming visages à la Freddy Krueger and another antagonist turns into a particularly nice cell-animated bat/ghost.

Hong Kong poster
Hong Kong poster

In one scene guaranteed to make you grimace, a guy in a bunk bed dreams of branding a chained up girl whilst dressed up like Hitler… and as he enjoys his dream he begins to dribble pints of spittle, which drips down into the mouth of the man sleeping in the bunk below him. Subtle humour at its best!

Poster

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