Monday, May 11, 2009

Oily Maniac (1976) aka You Gui Zi

3.5 / 5
Tagline: Nope
Directed by: Meng Hua Ho
Written by: Lam Chua
Actors include: Ping Chen, Alan Chui Chung San, Hsia Hsu
Genre: Horror
Length: 80 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Hong Kong

Slightly confusing (although I'm positive this is due to poor subtitling...barely a sentence went by without at least 3 mistakes) but extremely amusing all at the same time. It's about a Man who traces a magic spell off of a friend's back? (maybe a relative). From then on when he covers himself in oil (seriously) he becomes "oily maniac" which is clearly a rubber suit of oil. What's cool is that in this form he turns to a puddle on the floor and regenerates or travels...whatever works best! Basically in a series of overhearings he finds out who is doing evil and punishes them. By punishing I mean stepping on their heads...kicking them or something similarly amusing and inappropriate hehe. It's definitely close to a category 3 if it isn't as it's excessive but at least it seems to have a small point. Definitely the weirdest super hero style film I think I've seen and I definitely think most would enjoy this on some level. It's actually shot really beautifully as well and it's very easy to watch, it's just very silly but I'm sure you could already figure that much out.

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