6.2/10
334
10 user 12 critic

Black Magic (1975)

Jiang tou (original title)
R | | Horror | 1979 (USA)
A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Doctors dealing with patients noticed something weird going on, such as zombies with spikes in their heads and when removed, they melt down, patients vomiting up worms, spontaneous ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho
Stars: Lung Ti, Ni Tien, Lieh Lo
Dead in the Water (TV Movie 1991)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Prominent lawyer Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important, prosperous law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to... See full summary »

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Bryan Brown, Teri Hatcher, Anne De Salvo
Xie (1980)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman, who believes she has murdered her abusive husband, then sees him return as a vengeful ghost.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei
Stars: Ni Tien, Yung Wang, Szu-Chia Chen
Lurking Fear (1994)
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of ... See full summary »

Director: C. Courtney Joyner
Stars: Jon Finch, Blake Adams, Ashley Laurence
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.

Director: Robert Montgomery
Stars: James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Ward Costello
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A gang tries to rob a cargo of bullion from an airport.

Director: John Harlow
Stars: Susan Stephen, Jack Watling, Karel Stepanek
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Janet Chun
Stars: Newnest Addakula, Robin Asher, Baihe Bai
Poveda (2016)
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The film tells the story of Pedro Poveda (Raúl Escudero), a tenacious and innovative priest who opens paths in the field of education and in the defense of the rights of women in early ... See full summary »

Director: Pablo Moreno
Stars: Alejandro Arroyo, Miguel Berlanga, Natalia Bilbao
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Details the making of Stephen King & George A. Romero's 1982 horror anthology classic, from conception through to completion.

Director: Michael Felsher
Stars: Tom Atkins, Adrienne Barbeau, Pasquale Buba
El verdugo (1963)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An undertaker gets married to an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement.

Director: Luis García Berlanga
Stars: Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Spy David Baxter is sent to Ireland to investigate the death of a defected colleague apparently found dead on a beach. But is the body really him?

Director: Francis Searle
Stars: Conrad Phillips, Jane Griffiths, Veronica Hurst
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Xu Nuo
Lieh Lo ...
Lang Jiajie
Ni Tien ...
Luo Yin (as Tanny)
Lily Li ...
Quming
Feng Ku ...
Shan Jianmi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ho-Chiang Chen ...
Party guest
...
Ms Wang
Shao-Lin Chiang
Chun Chin ...
Party guest
Norman Chu
Dana ...
(as Tsen Shu-Yi)
Ging Man Fung
Ti Hua Ko
Chan-Hsiung Ku
Tsan-Hsiung Ku
Edit

Storyline

A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Those who did not believe in the voodoo curse never lived to tell!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Magic  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was initially titled "The Magic." See more »

Connections

Followed by Ratu ilmu hitam (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The film that ushered in a new wave of exploitative Hong Kong horror.
19 October 2012 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Ti Lung stars as construction worker Xu Nuo, who is the object of desire for his sexy millionaire boss Luo Yin (Ni Tien); however, despite the obvious attractions (horny woman hot for his body and bags of cash into the bargain), Xu Nuo remains faithful to his fiancé, teacher Quming (Lily Li)—at least until the desperate Luo visits evil sorcerer Sha Jianmai and pays him to whip her up a love potion...

Legendary Hong Kong martial arts studio Shaw Brothers had dabbled in supernatural horror before, producing spiritual romance movies, but it wasn't until 1975 that they started to embrace their trashier side, with Ho Meng Hua's Black Magic, a tale of evil sorcery and sex that introduced some of the more exploitative elements that would become staples of the genre in the years to come.

With Sha Jianmai's magic requiring such bizarre ingredients as a severed head, snake venom, a freshly exhumed corpse, rice that has been applied to a woman's vagina, severed fingers, centipedes, human breast milk, blood, hair and footprints trapped in mud, and the result of his spells being uncontrollable lust or sudden death, viewers can rest assured that this entertaining slice of wackiness delivers plenty of blood, gore, nudity and other assorted deviancy.

This being the first of its kind, it might not be quite as relentlessly nutzoid or as extreme as later, similarly themed films like Seeding of a Ghost, Corpse Mania or The Boxer's Omen, but it definitely has enough moments of madness to make it worthwhile, the action culminating with a particularly funny magical battle on a building site between Sha Jianmai and a benevolent magician, whose weapons include a skull emblazoned laser mirror, a shrunken head, and magical blue streaks of lightning.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
SOUNDTRACK QUESTION khungus-1
Discuss Black Magic (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?