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The Oily Maniac (1976)

You gui zi (original title)
A cripple takes revenge on criminals by using a magic spell that transforms him into an oily monster/superhero.



(as Tsai Lan)


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Credited cast:
Danny Lee ...
Shen Yuan (as Hsiu-Hsien Li)
Lin Chung Yue
Lily Li ...
Hsiao Li
Lun Hua ...
Chen Fu Chien
Hu Li Fa (as Hsieh Wang)
Chien Yu ...
(Guest star) (as Angela Yu Chien)
Feng Ku ...
Lin Ya Pa (Guest star)
Hung Wei ...
(Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shih-Ou Chang
Shao-Chia Chen
Ti-Ko Chen
Tien Lung Chen
Chok Chow Cheung
Chuen Chiang
Han Chiang


A cripple takes revenge on criminals by using a magic spell that transforms him into an oily monster/superhero.

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18 September 1976 (Hong Kong)  »

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A True Cult Classic..
4 July 2008 | by (Poverty Row) – See all my reviews

I watched this bad boy last night and I simply loved it!

If you are looking for usual Shaw Brothers' martial arts extravaganza you better to skip this one. There's only couple fighting scenes and they ain't nothing special. Oil Monster likes more to stomp, pound and strangle peoples to death than bust some kick-ass kung fu moves.

But if you are B-movie fanatic like me and you like flicks with monsters in the bad costumes, you will love this movie too! Story is based on the old Chinese folk tale.. Crippled man learns magic spell from his uncle who is sentenced to be executed The spell turns him into a Oil Monster and it's payback time! Monster starts to kill bad guys like there's no tomorrow..excellent!

'You gui zi a.k.a Oily Maniac' ain't horror, I would categorize it as a cheesy superhero tragedy. Yeah, that's right..

Monster itself is like when Superman meets Mr. Hyde and Swamp Thing. This Chinese Toxic Avenger is really cheap looking in bad costume with shining yellow eyes and heart stuck to the chest. Special effects are hilariously poor, especially when Oil Monster turns pool of oil and starts to move around.

'Oily Maniac' has lots of nudity and lots of sexual violence. Every Female character shows their boobs, except Lily Li. Don't show this film to your feminist girlfriend because there's plenty of rape scenes that she couldn't handle.

This movie could be more entertaining with more gore. There's couple of smashed skulls, but nothing more. This might be filmed at same time with Black Magic (by same director Meng Hua Ho), as many of the locations looks pretty similar. The plot is entertaining and acting isn't bad, actually pretty decent. Danny Lee shines in this as usually.

In overall, if you want to see piece of Chinese b-movie cult cinema you need to check this one out.

I also recommend Meng Hua Ho's King Kong -rip off 'The Mighty Peking Man'.

I give 'You Gui Zi' a.k.a 'The Oily Maniac' 7 1/2 oil-stained corpses out of 10

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