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  • Shaolin Invincibles 1977

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Feb, 2015

    Hot damn this is a fun movie. Total batshit crazy. Love seeing fantastical elements peppered into a movie like this. Like kung fu fighting apes!! Seriously. And they’re super badass. Which upon reflection how could they not be? Given their size and strength, teach them kung fu and they will destroy. The long-tongue ghost fighters are a bit silly but completely fit the theme here as does the old creepy mangled faced prisoner. Plus you have *five* superstar kung fu…

  • The Flying Guillotine 1975

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Feb, 2015

    Not to be confused with the Taiwanese MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE released a year later, this Shaw Brothers version plays like a loose prequel to that with an origin and backstory behind the lethal killing device. Movie shifts into a cat and mouse chase with multiple [spoiler] decapitations along the way. Insanely violent yet plenty entertaining. Shockingly lacks any of the Shaw Brothers star power at the time, which doesn't diminish the movie but may have elevated this movie beyond just being very good exploitation. Would love to see a making-of BTS feature on the rigs used for the guillotine. Such a cool weapon.

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2013

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.

  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires 1974

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2013 3

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.