Sunday, August 9, 2009

Centipede Horror (1984) aka Wu Gong Zhou aka Centipede Curse aka Centipede Sorcerer aka Ng Gung Jau

2.5 / 5 Aug '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Keith Li
Written by: Keith Li
Actors include: Hussein Abu Hassan, Chu-kwong Chan, F.C. Chan
Genre: Horror
Length: 93 minutes
Banned: Possibly?
Country: Hong Kong

This is a strange one that usually gets mentioned along side 人蛇大戰 [Calamity of Snakes], as both have cruelty to animals and both are relatively unknown '80s "monster" films from Hong Kong. This one hilariously deals with the menacing centipede...erm yeah. It's got some plot points that are rather muddled and well confusing regarding an evil wizard of sorts that has something to do with a centipede ritual I believe. The big problem was that the subtitles were nearly impossible to read...all white no outline and everyone in the movie was wearing white (mostly) and all the background was white (mostly) so reading what was going on was difficult at best. I also couldn't help but notice that if you made a drinking game of taking a shot each time a character says "SE Asia" you'd be dead. I've never heard that phrase so many times in my life...shocking! Mostly the movie is dull and talky with not much going on but the end is genuinely creepy and disturbing and is definitely the best part (dead chicken bones dancing?). I'll take 人蛇大戰 [Calamity of Snakes] over this one, but this isn't without it's own merrits in a gross out kind of way I suppose.

Availability:  On DVD

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