Friday, January 7, 2011
CRIPPLED AVENGERS (1978)
I love old school kung fu flicks and this is one of the best of them by the legendary Shaw Brothers studios. I don't remember catching this on any of the numerous Saturday afternoon Drive In kung fu movie showings on Channel 5 here in New York but that might be because it would have to have been edited quite a bit before airing. The movie starts off before the credits are even done with a mother getting her legs chopped off and her young son getting his hands whacked off! Pretty damn strong opener! From there we see a bunch of people get crippled in revenge for this atrocity which includes a guy getting his legs sliced off, a guy getting his eyes poked out, one fellow gets turned into a moron by having a band tightened around his head and another guy gets hands clapped on his ears which makes him go deaf. Then all those guys get together learn some kick-ass kung fu and seek bloody revenge. It's a god-damned revenge filled cavalcade. There's some awesome weaponry on display which includes iron hands that not only extend like Inspector Gadget but shoot little iron fingers into you like bullets, iron legs that can kick through a man, a big ass hammer and a mace on a chain. This one is probably more commonly known as THE RETURN OF THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS although it's not a sequel to that movie and it was also released as MORTAL COMBAT but it has nothing to do with any video games.