• Matt Reifschneider

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt Reifschneider 27 Sep, 2016


    The big problem that hinders the horror wuxia hybrid of Bat Without Wings is that it lacks significant character development for its heroes. Oddly enough, there is quite a bit of character pieces laid out for its titular villain, but Derek Yee's wandering swordsman who is caught up in the return of the Bat is horrendously underwritten. Fortunately, the film uses a lot of horror visual pieces and savage concepts to give it a fresh spin on a relatively repetitive wuxia formula and it has a lot of great twists and turns in its plot to keep audiences hooked.


  • Boost

    ★★★ Watched by Boost 17 Oct, 2014

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This wuxia is "based on a novel by the late Taiwanese author Huang Ying and could be considered a macabre martial arts mystery of sorts."
    -Mark Pollard
    What stands out the most is the use of Gene Simmons makeup. It also features Joker's lethal laughing gas. Complicated plot, mediocre swordplay. For fans of Kiss and Shaw Brothers.


  • Lily Ho

    ★★★½ Watched by Lily Ho 05 Mar, 2014

    Bat Without Wings is a fantasy wu xia pian - swordsplay film - by Chor Yuan. In fact the film is easily a typical the style of his films : multitude of characters, fantasy/magic contents giving some mysterious feeling (adding the constant fog and even some kind of horror/ghost aspects), linked sub-stories with conspiricies, betrayals and plot twists, the importance of the set design and even in the way it's shot (sometimes the characters are shot in backround surrounded in…


  • Sean Frost

    ★★½ Watched by Sean Frost 23 Jun, 2013

    I gave up trying to follow all of the double-crosses and reveals, and I sat back to let the crazy just wash over me. A silly good time was had by me.


  • Joe

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Joe 21 Oct, 2012 3

    When I first saw this about a year and a half ago I think I described it as being akin to a "Mario Bava Shaw Brothers movie." That description isn't inaccurate but it also ignores the fact that way too much of this movie is standard vaguely confusing Shaw Brothers walking around and talking. Still, you have to accept a little bit of that as just part of the form, and once you do you'll see a pretty entertaining and interesting kung fu movie, with lots of horror movie atmosphere on the side.


  • louisp

    ★★★★★ Watched by louisp 10 Jun, 2012

    anytime guys fight with giant pitchforks im sold


  • Alan Dorich

    ★★★ Watched by Alan Dorich 11 Apr, 2012

    Enjoyable action madness from the Shaw Brothers that features a villain who wears makeup like a member of KISS, a helping of gore and a finale where people fight as they go insane. What's not to like?