Tuesday, November 17, 2015
BLACK MAGIC 2 (1976)
Not as good as the first BLACK MAGIC film, or even the 5th one, this one, re-titled as REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIES when it originally played in the U.S., still has some crazy elements that make it a good watch for lovers of the bizarre off-kilter world of Asian strangeness. It starts off with a fake rubbery crocodile eating a lady and from there goes on to get all magical with an evil wizard fella who has a whole room full of slaves that he's cast some nasty spells on. There's zombie-like ladies with huge nails in their heads, a good wizard who rips his own eyeballs out, gaping wounds that spit out loads of worms and other disgustingness(oh and of course nutty kung fu fighting!). It would probably be a better watch if any of this stuff made any kind of sense but I guess you can't always get that from these more insane Shaw Brothers movies. One strange element of this is a very 80's hip-hop sounding tune played in a nightclub that the Beastie Boys would "borrow" for one of their songs.
Beastie Boys getting a little Black Magicy!: