Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE BLACK TAVERN (1972)
This classic Shaw Brothers kung fu film almost feels like it has too many characters jammed into one movie but while viewing this it certainly keeps the movie quickly moving along without giving any time for boredom. It's basically the story of a rich guy traveling somewhere and a bunch of criminal types trying to get their grubby kung fu'ing hands on his money. The coolest of these characters, and our main bad guy, is known as The Whipmaster and he's extra cool because his whip has the ability to rip people's heads right off. There's also some hopping zombies that show up and turn out not to be what they seem. The weirdest thing here is that there's some cannibalism, at the tavern, that is briefly alluded to but never really explained. Overall this is a good watch for a Sunday afternoon if you like the classic Shaw-style fu.