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Black Magic (1975)

Jiang tou (original title)
R | | Fantasy, 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.

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Xu Nuo
Lieh Lo ...
Lang Jiajie
Ni Tien ...
Luo Yin (as Tanny)
Lily Li ...
Quming
Feng Ku ...
Shan Jianmi
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Shao-Lin Chiang
Chun Chin ...
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Ging Man Fung
Ti Hua Ko
Chan-Hsiung Ku
Tsan-Hsiung Ku
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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.

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

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Fantasy | Horror

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This film was originally going to be set in Thailand. This was eventually changed to Malaysia instead. See more »

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Followed by Ratu ilmu hitam (1983) See more »

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Pales in comparison to its successor, but still a fun time.
7 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the Shaw Brothers are definitely best-known for their martial arts flicks (as evidenced by a couple peeved reviews on this website), they did dip their fingers in other genres here and there. BLACK MAGIC was one of their forays into the horror sub-genre, telling the tale of a black magician and his various customers looking for love, murder or both.

BLACK MAGIC contains some nastiness and some awesome here and there: we've got rice given magical qualities by female genitalia, breast-milking, dead folks dissolving into maggot-infested skeletons and laser beam-shooting skulls. The problem, however, is that in between a few awesome scenes, the movie does really drag and gets quite repetitive (the black magician sets a curse, the good magician reverses the curse, then the black magician reverses it again, etc., etc.). It's all watchable, but it gets pretty run-of-the-mill near the middle. Luckily, the last 5-10 minutes are fantastic and worth wading through the mediocrity.

Overall, this is worth a look for Hong Kong horror fans, but you could do better if you looked around. For example, just a year later, the Shaw Bros. put out a (name-and-theme-only) sequel, BLACK MAGIC 2, which cranks the crazy factor up a couple notches and is basically an improvement in every way.


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