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Black Demons 1991
Despite strong atmosphere due to location shooting in Brazil, Lenzi's final horror film Black Demons is mostly a misfire.
Glacial pacing, dreadful sound recording, and poor acting all conspire to sink this from the start, though it certainly has its moments where things briefly spark into life. The rather coy zombies look kinda cool, and the way they carry axes and scythes gave me pleasant Burial Ground flashbacks.
I’ve been avoiding reviews for Pearl for about six months now, but it finally came out in the UK, and maybe everyone has been saying this, but my god it’s terribly similar to Frederick R. Friedel’s video nasty classic Axe!
It’s not as good, of course, but it’s a fun film with a couple of major highlights, though as usual, my experience was almost ruined by a cinema audience that spoke and unwrapped sweets and checked their phones and even took calls throughout the entire 100 minute runtime.
The Iron-Fisted Monk 1977
Sammo’s directorial debut Iron Fisted Monk showcases his natural flair for fluid, brutal fight choreography (that final fight!) and goofy humour, some of which is occasionally even quite funny.
The cast is a who’s who of 70s kung fu, though the exceptionally nasty mid-film rape scene is tonally jarring even for Hong Kong cinema.