only available print of WITCH WITH FLYING HEAD is in Cantonese without
subtitles, so I'll confess that many of the story's subtleties were lost on
me. The film is a Hong Kong horror
movie, meaning it's fast, cheap and features many references foreign to
western viewers. Snake barfing is
a given, as are Buddhist incantations and obscure (to non-Asian audiences)
magic rites, not to mention a number of gratuitous martial arts fights.
Evil flying heads are themselves minor staples of the Asian film
industry, having been featured prominently in this film and the Indonesian
flicks QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC (1979) and MYSTICS IN BALI (1981).
more thing, a bit of trivia for you VIDEO WATCHDOG readers: the IMDB lists this
as a 1977 production, yet the soundtrack blatantly steals music from other
movies (another common HK movie practice) bearing later
copyright dates, most noticeably THE BLACK HOLE (1979), CONAN THE BARBARIAN
(1982) and STAR TREK 2 (1982). Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...
young woman is praying at the sight of a Buddhist temple when a vile serpent
emerges from atop the building and turns into an evil sorcerer, who secretes a
tiny snake from out of an eye which promptly slithers into one of the woman's
orifices (I won't say which). It
must be a powerful snake; it gives its host the power to sprout long fangs and
detach her head, which in turn flies around with its internal organs attached.
Under the cover of night, the woman, controlled by the evil snake (we
get periodic close-ups of the critter slithering through her internal organs),
sends her flying head around to bite folks' necks; the head can also breathe
fire and shoot lasers from its eyes.
named Lian Sing Woo directed WITCH WITH FLYING HEAD.
There's really no point going into particulars, as it's standard
Hong Kong fare in most respects: cheap, sleazy and FAST. The camera never stops moving and there are lots of zooms.
The special effects, however, are fairly impressive considering this
film's obvious limitations. The
period detail is also passable (it seems like nearly every Hong Flick made in
the seventies had to have a feudal setting).
WITH FLYING HEAD (FEI TAUGH MO NEUIH)
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