Children of the Corn (1984)

Back when I was a kid, I was fascinated with the horror section at the video store. Given the focus of this site, that should come as no surprise. The trouble was, I wasn’t allowed to rent very many of the titles. The Children of the Corn series was one of the greenlighted horror movie franchises I was allowed to watch though and so I watched all of them. At the time they had only made up to number 4 so it wasn’t a huge franchise to dig into. Since then there have been a plethora of sequels and reboots made making it one of the most filmed franchises in horror history, if not the most watched. The Corn movies don’t have a very good rep within the horror community and for good reason: many of them stink. I remember especially disliking the first film in the series back in the vhs days due to the muddy transfer and overall brown look of the film. I hadn’t seen the first film in the series in decades so I decided to give it a rewatch to see how I felt about it now.

Children of the Corn, for those living under a rock, is about a small town in rural America that has been overtaken by religiously fanatic children. They have killed all of the adults in town and when they turn 19 they have to be sacrificed to their god, He Who Walks Beneath the Rows. The titular “rows” are the rows of corn naturally. One little boy decides he’s had enough of the no fun zone of drudgery and work and runs away but not before he’s spotted by one of the older zealots. The little boy has his throat cut and bleeding, wanders out into the road where he’s hit by a car driven by two outsiders (one played by Linda Hamilton). Crestfallen, the couple put the boy in their trunk and try to find the nearest town to report the accident. All roads however lead to the creepy town run by creepier kids and so they try their luck there. Of course they’re met with hostility and are hunted by the children so they can sacrifice the couple to their god. Now they have to find a way out of town that doesn’t involve being crucified and killed by precocious pre-teens.

One thing I will say about this release is that it looks absolutely fantastic. Arrow did a wonderful job breathing life into this movie by restoring the original color palette which, to my surprise wasn’t nearly as “brown” as  I remembered. Children of the Corn was a movie that never looked good on VHS but looks great on Blu. The colors pop and the cinematography shines. While I still won’t say it’s my favorite horror movie, it’s much better than I remembered. I have children of my own so creepy kids honestly do not scare me but the film was much more entertaining than I expected. True, I wish there was more monster action from He Who Walks Beneath the Rows but I’m a monster fanatic and most films can use more creatures in my opinion.

If you’re a fan of the series, you need to pick up this release. It’s chock full of great special features including the retrospective that was included on the anchor bay dvd release. However this release looks far better than that release and is a major upgrade not only in the special features department but most importantly in the visual and auditory departments. Children of the Corn has never looked better than it does here.

Doom Asylum (1987)

During the 80’s there was an explosion in cheap gory horror movies, much to the joy of the fans of the genre. There were so many movies pumped out into video stores that many got lost in the shuffle. Doom Asylum is one such movie that has often been overlooked by genre fans. I first saw Doom Asylum a few years ago on dvd and wondered why I had never seen it before, let alone read about it. Now, years later Arrow Video has given their excellent treatment to this unsung genre film for all of us to enjoy.

Doom Asylum has a pretty simple setup. We’ve got an abandoned medical facility that is the home of a man turned failed science experiment after he was spirited away from a nearly fatal car accident. He has been left hideously deformed and with a craving for killing. Next we have an experimental pop group that has decided to make their next album at the facility, illegally of course. Finally we have a group of fun loving youngsters that have also decided to use the facility for some partying. The pop group hates the youngsters and the youngsters aren’t crazy about the band but both can agree on one thing: being murdered is no fun. Victims drop off one by one, falling prey to the mentally deranged man and it’s up to the survivors to…well, survive.

Doom Asylum is a bit of an odd duck of a movie. It’s one part stereotypical slasher, one part parody. The film never plays it completely straight but it also never plays it completely silly either. Tonally this makes for a mishmash of a film that in my opinion makes it a unique and interesting watch. The film has hammy acting, good gore, and a smidge of nudity thrown in for good measure. Two of the characters wear bikinis throughout the whole film as well which i can’t help but think was a big joke, lampooning slasher flicks. Doom Asylum has it’s own unique voice and sense of humor which is a breath of fresh air considering the copy/paste nature of many lesser known slasher films. While I wouldn’t say it was a hidden gem on the level of Blood Rage but it is goofy gory fun.

The Blu as always looks fantastic. The colors are rich and deep and the sound is perfect. It includes both the 4×3 version of the film and the 16×9 version as well as interviews with the cast/crew and a plethora of other special features.

If you’re looking for an 80’s slasher that you haven’t seen that deserves rediscovery, check out Doom Asylum. If you’re already a fan of the film, what are you waiting for? It will never look better than it does on this release.

Vamp (1986)

Growing up going to my local video stores, I don’t remember ever seeing Vamp. The VHS box art was pretty provocative and I feel like if I had seen it,  I probably would have rented it. I wish I had because Vamp is one of the unsung minor horror movies that deserves more attention. I say this without the rose tinted view someone who had seen it as a kid might have. Watching the movie on glorious Blu was the second time I had seen it and I’m glad I gave it a rewatch. I feel like it’s a movie that grows on you.

Vamp begins with a couple of pledges trying out at a Frat in college. The ritual gets messed up and the pledges (our heroes of the film) tell the Frat that they can do anything to get in. The Frat accepts the challenge and tells the pair they must go get a stripper for their enjoyment. The college is in Kansas and is 200 miles from any big cities. They have no car so they agree to befriend the college’s rich kid who happens to have a cherry red Cadillac they can use as long as they agree to take him along on their stripper adventure. Upon reaching the city they get spun around (literally) and find themselves in a seedy part of town just as the sun is going down. There they run afoul of a gang of albinos led by Billy Drago and they also find a strip joint. This strip club however is run by vampires, led by Grace Jones and when one of our heroic duo goes missing it’s up to the other hero to find his buddy and get out of there! Things however aren’t that easy and he has to face many obstacles in order to get out with his life intact. He also meets a cute girl who works at the strip joint that isn’t a vampire and the pair face off against the bloodsuckers together.

The plot of the film doesn’t really begin until at least a half an hour into the film, after we’ve had a couple of false starts. The vibe of the film however is cheerfully plucky in a way that only films from the 80’s can manage. The acting is exuberant with no duds in the cast. Again the pace of the film is oddly slow but the cast of characters and weirdos in the film help make the circuitous ride a lot of fun. The film has some fantastic monochromatic lighting of pinks, purples, and greens which provides some appreciated style to the proceedings. Grace Jones has no lines but acts creepy in her small role in the film. Given that the film takes place largely in a strip joint joint the movie is surprisingly chaste and innocent. The vamps themselves sport some pretty solid make-up with big fangs, and latex molded face prosthetics. Upon this second watch I appreciated the movie more. I knew what I was getting into and enjoyed the ride much more this time.

The Blu once again looks fantastic with a wonderful restoration. The colors pop nicely as they were always meant to. The special features are plentiful, including a 45 minute making-of documentary with interviews with all of the main cast and the writer/director.

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Soft Matter (2018)

At this point in my life I’ve seen several thousand films. Nearly every night I watch a movie and no genre has me coming back to the well as often as horror. Because of this my mental horror encyclopedia is rich and I’m rarely surprised by what the genre delivers. Still, I find my desire to watch monsters on the loose has never lessened despite what at times becomes an exercise in repetition. I am always on the look out for new monster movies that actually deliver the goods and it is with this desire that I sought out Soft Matter. I didn’t know much going in, other than it had a great monster on the cover and that it was likely very low budget. I was prepared for a modest time killer but what I got was something totally unexpected: an original voice in horror cinema.

Soft Matter has a very simple setup. The film begins with a pair of scientists clandestinely performing experiments on humans in search for a serum that will grant everlasting life. The human subjects were left behind at a hospice facility that recently closed. The pair moved in and began experimenting on them which in turn created living human/monster hybrids of a wide variety. Nearby a local graffiti artist named Haircut expresses to his friend how he’d love to have an art show to make his mother proud. The friend knows some prominent art critics and suggests they use the rundown hospice center as a location for a spontaneous art show. Haircut hesitantly agrees and the pair enter the hospice center only to find it inhabited by monsters, including a god from the sea that has come to stop the scientists from their pursuit for immortality.

I had a blast with this film. It feels unique and fresh as well as playful and engaging. The character interactions were unique with funny dialogue without the film turning into a comedy. It’s the same type of dry humor found in Carpenter’s films that make them so endearing. The banter is smart, quick and well performed breathing life into the characters. The monsters were all done with practical effects and convincingly so. The film also isn’t so focused on getting to the finish line and jetting through the plot points. Instead there are moments of oddity that help to give the film personality and life. For instance there’s a man made of goo that likes to sneak out of his room and dance to synthwave. It may go on a little long but it’s so unexpected and silly that I found myself grinning from ear to ear. The film also employs a variety of lo-fi special effects that also help to separate it from the pack of films focused on realism. The film is gleefully odd so of course it extends to the effects as well. It feels natural and not forced, the culmination of a creative vision from a writer/director uninterested in making mainstream films but would rather make films with personality. That personality may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it. I will hungrily await the next film from writer director Jim Hickcox. The dvd features a short film from Hickox and it’s equally strange, wonderful, and fun.

I wholeheartedly recommend Soft Matter to film fans who enjoy films with monsters and low budget charm. Soft Matter has an energy, personality, and true sense of fun that I rarely see in cinema. It’s a gem if there ever was one.

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What Have You Done To Your Daughters? (1974)

There are certain genres of film that I really enjoy and yet these days rarely indulge in. I don’t know what it is but for some reason I just rarely watch certain types of cult cinema and in an effort to remedy that pattern I decided to check out Arrow’s blu-ray release of the giallo/Italian crime film What Have You Done to Your Daughters? from 1974. Admittedly I’m not much of a fan of director Massimo Dallamano’s giallo classic What Have You Done to Solange? and since the title of this film is so similar I had my reservations about how much I may or may not enjoy it. But being the adventurous viewer I am, I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did.

The film begins with the discovery of a nude teenage girl that has hanged herself in an attic apartment. The police initially believe it’s a simple suicide until the evidence points towards violent murder. Inspector Silvestri (Claudio Cassinelli) is on the case and discovers a link between her murder and an apartment paid for monthly by a dead man. Inside the apartment a grisley murder scene is found but no body, just blood. Lots of blood. Now he’s got two victims and no suspect so Silvestri must dig deeper. His search leads him into the path of a dangerous killer armed with a giant meat cleaver!

What Have You Done to Your Daughters? Is often billed as a straight giallo but I would argue that although it does adhere to many of the tropes found in a giallo (masked and gloved killer, graphic violence, and a killer soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani) it also feels much like an Italian crime film because of the focus on the investigation as well as some sweet motorcycle stunts at the back end. The film had my attention throughout it’s run time and there was just enough style to keep it visually interesting. As I said the soundtrack is great and the plot is satisfyingly twisty. I for one, think that this is a much better film than What Have You Done to Solange? and should be Dallamano’s most well regarded film. It’s tight, well acted and directed, lurid, and just extreme enough to still be shocking but still watchable. Of course the main thrust of the film involves underage girls and sexual abuse which is tough to stomach which keeps the film from being easy to recommend to viewers. It’s grim material but it’s handled masterfully and more tastefully than a film like Werewolf Woman. Then again I suppose that isn’t saying much.

The film looks great as well. Arrow once again knocks it out of the park with a beautiful transfer and the supplementals are as always robust.

For giallo fans this one is a recommended purchase.

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Lunchmeat Magazine #9

As any longtime reader of this here lil website can tell you: I love cult films, especially the hard to find and under the radar type. Several years ago (probably almost 10!) I read an article about Lunchmeat Magazine. It was a new neat thing dedicated solely to VHS and VHS collecting. The zine was soaked in nostalgia for a time that I myself cherished. I picked up a copy and really enjoyed it. I reached out to the publisher Josh Schafer and offered to give him some reviews because I also collected VHS. The trick was the only movies reviewed in the zine had to be VHS only, no dvd releases. Challenged accepted and I had reviews in about 3 or 4 issues of the zine. Since I didn’t make it into issue #9 I wanted to review it here because my love for this zine has not diminished in the intervening years.

First off this could be the biggest issue ever at a whopping 52 pages of pure content. Lunchmeat does not sell ad space so the issue is 100% content and no pesky ads for crap you don’t want. It features several lengthy reviews of VHS-only movies, complete with scans of their front and back covers. It also features interviews with direct-to-video action star David Heavener, Philip Anselmo (!), Pleasant Gehman, Canon alum and Nu Image head Boaz Davidson, director Robert McGinley, and director Kevin J. Lindenmuth, as well as photos of odd vhs related collectibles, and promotional items sent to video stores. There’s also a comic and some vhs-related art. Like i said, this issue is absolutely stacked. There are very few zines out there that can boast such a long run and what Lunchmeat lacks in volume it makes up for in passion and longevity.

I’m so glad Lunchmeat is still around. Every issue is chock full of fun stuff and the level of quality found in each issue keeps increasing. VHS is still alive and well and the love of the format isn’t going anywhere. So long as there are still movies lost on VHS, Lunchmeat will be there to review them for our pleasure. Hopefully I’ll find my way into issue #10 and if not, I’ll bring you a review of it here!

You can pick up a copy at:

http://lunchmeatvhs.storenvy.com/

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Abominable (2005)

I love the idea of bigfoot. I love that in North America we have our own cryptozoological creature that some believe is stalking the forests in the pacific northwest. In general, I love monsters of every kind and I’ve traveled through bigfoot country several times so it should come as no surprise that the stink ape is one I have a particular affinity for. Bigfoot movies however almost without exception, suck. Far more often than not, they’re not entertaining at all but instead boring. Why? Because making a Bigfoot costume is a pricey proposition and so film makers often hide their beast until the very end of the movie but by this time the viewer is in a movie coma induced by a dull script. There are however, exceptions to this rule and I’m happy to say that Abominable is one such exception.

Preston Rogers (Matt Mccoy) has suffered an unimaginable tragedy. Living in a small town in the middle of a forest, he and his wife were avid rock climbers. One day while climbing their rope snapped and his wife fell to her death. He survived but as a paraplegic. Now, as part of his rehabilitation he’s been brought back to his cabin 6 months after the accident, to face the tragedy so that he can move on. Escorted by a pushy male nurse named Otis, Preston doesn’t feel ready but Otis won’t take no for an answer. While there Preston sees a large group of young women move into the house next door for a weekend of fun. He also sees something in the trees that looks malevolent. Binoculars in hand he becomes more and more frighted by this mysterious entity. Otis keeps missing everything and so he believes Preston is trying to come up with a reason to leave. Preston’s fears are confirmed with the girls are attacked by a giant sasquatch. Now Preston has to find a way to save the survivors and get away from the cabin, but how can he? He can’t walk? The film also stars Jeffrey Combs and Lance Henrikson in bit parts but of course they steal the show.

Essentially, Abominable is Rear Window with a Bigfoot for the first hour or so. The last 30 minutes are dedicated to massive squatch action that is both surprisingly scary and gory. The Bigfoot design is very strong in Abominable. It’s a guy in a suit but it’s very well done. In particular the face is striking. It looks far more human than ape, with a giant mouth and teeth to match. For this release the film had to be re-cut using the 35mm camera negative. You see, when the film was released onto dvd, it was scanned to beta and edited in standard definition. For this blu-ray release they went back to the negative, scanned it and re-edited the whole film, matching the original cuts. They didn’t change anything except the eyes of the squatch. In the original release (included on the blu ray), the eyes were much larger. Apparently the computer files needed to re-do the eyes from the original release were lost so they had to be created from scratch again anyway and the director felt that smaller eyes would match the original design better. It worked, the bigfoot looks great. He looks larger than life and very scary. The attacks are surprisingly gory too. The film’s pace is more moody and suspenseful for the first hour and then kicks into high gear for the last 30 minutes. It’s never dull however due to the strong acting and solid writing.

The blu-ray also looks fantastic. Like I mentioned, it’s a brand new scan from the original 35 mm camera negative. It has never looked better. The blu comes with the original 2005 version in standard definition for those who prefer the larger-eyed squatch. The film also includes a making-of feature, bloopers, a commentary with the director, Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs, deleted scenes, and a short film from the director starring Kane Hodder.

If you’ve ever wanted to see the film or if you’re already a fan of it, this release of Abominable is perfect. The film looks and sounds fantastic and the blu is packed with special features. MVD’s Rewind Collection continues to impress me. I hope they continue to release unsung genre films for a long time to come.

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The Jurassic Dead (2018)

When it comes to movies involving dinosaurs to be honest they usually suck. Bringing a dinosaur onto the screen is pricey. Because of this more often than not films, especially low budget films, tend to fill up their dino related film with tons of garbage in an effort to distract the audience from realizing they are getting bamboozled. One would think that there would be a plethora of worthwhile dinosaur movies out there for the Awful Awesome fan but in my experience there isn’t. In fact I usually shy away from dinosaur movies because I’ve been burned too many times. But when I saw the cover for the Jurassic Dead and realized it was about military types being attacked by a zombie T-Rex I decided to roll the dice and give it a shot.

The Jurassic Dead begins with some sort of clandestine deal between a scientist and some bad guys. They want a super secret serum (that happens to glow green ala Re-Animator) and of course the deal goes bad. The scientist however has a baby zombie dinosaur which eats the bad guys, so bully for him. We fast forward a year and find our scientist being given the boot at his college research job because he wants to defy death. That’s way too edgy for the school and so he’s out of a job. On the way out he gets mortally wounded. Or did he? Fast forward more and we’ve got our evil scientist who has created his own warehouse of doom. We also meet some mercenaries who were hired to kill somebody but get stuck in the desert due to car malfunction. We also meet a car load of youngsters on their way to have some fun who get waylaid by car trouble as well. Together they stumble upon the scientist’s evil warehouse and find themselves stuck with the now fully grown zombie t-rex! They have to fight their way out and destroy the lab before they’re turned into zombies themselves by the T-Rex. Or eaten completely. Both are possible.

I had a blast with this movie. It starts with some cheap action and thankfully has plenty more action throughout the film. Much of the film was shot on green screen and poorly. That only ads to the fun though. One of the characters looks just like Duke Nuke’Em and another character remarks on it which was also awesome. Best of all however is that the dinosaur is feature prominently throughout the film and was created not through the ubiquitous CGI method but instead by puppetry! That’s right dear reader, they ditch the dodgy CGI found in most micro budget flicks and instead use a full size puppet. It’s awesome. It looks like a zombie t-rex and chomps it’s way through several characters. The fact that they went to the trouble of creating a puppet made won me over big time. That they actually used the puppet frequently makes this one a winner for me. The film’s official runtime is 82 minutes but that’s with 12 minutes of credits which means the actual movie is barely over an hour. Thankfully the film manages to avoid the common issue of useless dull filler to try to edge the runtime over into 90 minutes. Nor does it try to preach to us nor does it try to build background information we don’t require to enjoy the film. The storytelling is clunky and at times confusing but it certainly doesn’t waste the viewer’s time.

 

There’s plenty of action, bad dialogue, cardboard acting, and hokey special effects to keep you interested through the whole run time. There’s a genuine sense of fun and enthusiasm that permeates the film and that wonderful regional flavor that only can be achieved by earnest film makers creating movies with a passion and a modest budget. There isn’t an ounce of cynicism in the movie and that is rare indeed. The Jurassic Dead is like a badly drawn picture that a child spent a lot of time doing: the shortcomings are obvious but the passion and effort put into it are undeniable and charming.

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The Return of Swamp Thing (1988)

I have a memory from childhood involving Swamp Thing. I remember one year on Halloween being torn between trick or treating or watching the debut of the Swamp Thing cartoon. Or maybe it was a marathon. I dunno, all I remember is that the cartoon looked really cool but that getting candy for free was fun too. I decided to head out and trick or treat but it was a nagging regret for a long time. Later in life I stumbled upon this movie after I bought a big box of VHS tapes in the early 2000’s. I loved it. I went back and watched the first film and…didn’t love it. I’ve been meaning to check this out again and thanks to this fantastic blu ray from MVD, I finally got the chance.

The Return of Swamp Thing, directed by schlock king Jim Wynorski (The Lost Empire, Chopping Mall, Ghoulies IV, Deathstalker II etc), takes place after the events in the first film. Swamp Thing is hanging out in the swamp (naturally), protecting the denizens of the bog. Dr. Arcane returns from the first film as well and this time he’s trying to create an anti-aging agent so he can be young again. This involves splicing genes from random animals into humans (of course) and has created some pretty freaky creatures. One escapes to terrorize the swamp but ST doesn’t take guff from anyone, mutants or not. Dr. Arcane has a step daughter (played by Heather Locklear) who has seen her step daddy-o in 10 years. She suddenly decides to pay him a visit due to her crushing neuroses resulting from his abandonment of her after the death of her mother. She discovers the truth of Arcane’s insane experiments but it gets worse: Arcane wants to steal his stepdaughter’s essence because he believes it’s the key to his immortality. Thankfully Swampy has her back and wants to get rid of Arcane to bring peace in the swamp. There’s also two kids who have nothing to do with the plot of the film but are totally essential to the enjoyment of the movie.

The Return of Swamp Thing was rewarding on rewatch. It was just as much fun as I remembered it being. It’s very goofy with monster-in-a-suit action that never gets old for me. The designs were reminiscent of the style found in early 90’s oddball films like Freaked. Swamp Thing looks fantastic and is a big improvement on the first film. He looks like he walked right out of the comics. The plot moves along briskly and never gets bogged down with dull melodrama. For comic purists Return of Swamp Thing is probably too campy and silly but for the rest of us who like a good monster movie, Return of Swamp Thing is a blast. I loved the two children in the movie placed as comic relief. I hadn’t seen the movie in nearly 15 years and they stood out clearly in my mind even after all that time. Children in movies can ruin an otherwise solid movie with needless schmaltz and tone deaf humor but these kids are a blast. Sure they have no reason to be in the movie and their presence never really pays off but they’re a lot of fun and add to the flavor of the movie. If you’re looking for a series film about Swampy, this is not your flick. But if you want to watch something light and fun and dare I say, innocent. This is perfect.

The blu looks fantastic as well. I hadn’t seen the movie since 4×3 vhs and this is a wonderful improvement. The colors are bright and clear, the picture sharp, and the sound great. The blu is also filled with a bunch of interviews and a commentary track from director Wyrnorski as well, all of which is brand new for 2018.

This release proves that the MVD Rewind series is one worth keeping any eye on. They’ve given this small film the royal treatment and rewarded us fans with a fantastic release.

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Bruce’s Deadly Fingers (1976)

I have a confession to make: I didn’t grow up on Bruce Lee. I grew up during the wonderful action boom of the late 80’s and 90’s. My manly action heroes are Arnold & Jean Claude & Sly. I also love Dolph, Billy Blanks, Bolo Yeung and more. Bruce was a little bit before my time. That said, being the voracious cinema watcher that I am, I have of course seen a few Lee movies. I have also seen lots of kung fu films, mostly from the Shaw Brothers but also Golden Harvest. I like Bruce Lee, I just don’t worship him ok? Because of this the concept of Brucesploitation didn’t appeal to me in any meaningful way aside from curiosity. You see, Bruce Lee was such a huge phenomenon at the time of his death that fans didn’t want to admit that he had died. There were rumors that his death was faked and that he had instead escaped the limelight, much like with Elvis. This opened the door for the concept of faux Bruce Lee movies staring actors that were able to emulate his style and look. Low budget hucksters in Hong Kong capitalized on this fad by pumping out lots of these types of films in the hopes of decieving a paying customer into thinking they were getting a new or “lost” Bruce Lee film. Heck, this method was even used to help launch Jackie Chan’s career. Bruce’s Deadly Fingers is one such film starring Bruce Le (note the missing “E” from the last name). Le made a career cranking out these types of movies but was talented in his own right. Bizarrely he can be seen in the horror film Pieces briefly after he nearly gets run over by a motorcycle.

The plot of Bruce’s Deadly Fingers is simple. The film acknowledges the death of Bruce Lee but posits that he had left a book that detailed his Five Finger style. The style as the title suggests is deadly and all sorts of criminal kung fu ne’er-do-wells want it. Our hero is Bruce Wong, Bruce Lee’s friend. Distraught over the death of his friend, Wong returns to Hong Kong only to find that some seriously bad dudes are trying to find the mysterious Five Finger Kung Fu book. They’ve also kidnapped Bruce’s sister and forced her into prostitution! Wong has to stop the bad guys, find the book, and rescue the girl.

For fans of 70’s kung fu, this movie is a treat! The film begins with a fight and then shoe horns fights into the plot every 5-7 minutes, making this movie about as action packed as a plot will allow. The fights themselves vary in quality but the film overwhelms the viewer with the sheer volume of punches, kicks, and tosses. The film also explodes with 70’s fashion. We’re talking bell bottoms, platform boots, and colorful button down shirts with wild prints, and these are all worn by the male characters. This film was made at the height of what we consider 70’s style so the fashions and room decorations are entertaining all on their own. Bruce Le does a good job of carrying the film. He’s charismatic and energetic in his fights. It’s obvious he’s giving his all and for my money, it’s a lot. Aside from a rather disturbing scene involving torture by snake, the film isn’t particularly memorable but it sure is fun.

But what about the picture? These films, and kung fu films in general, are notorious for poor quality duplication. Not so here. The film’s image is crisp and clean with no print damage or audio corruption. The blu ray box states that it was mastered in 2k from the original 35mm negative and it shows. This film has never looked this good. The audio is dubbed however without the option of the original language track. The film does however come with a commentary track from Michael Worth, Bruce Lee and Brucesploitation expert.

This was my first Brucesploitation film I’ve ever seen. I had a really good time watching it and I’m very glad that VCI was able to release the film in this high of quality. I’ll be on the lookout for more Brucesploitation films and hopefully they’ll release some similar titles.

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