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The Oily Maniac (1976) More at IMDbPro »You gui zi (original title)


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18 September 1976 (Hong Kong) See more »
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A cripple takes revenge on criminals by using a magic spell that transforms him into an oily monster/superhero. | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Meng Hua Ho 
 
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Lam Chua  (as Tsai Lan)

Produced by
Run Run Shaw .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yung-Yu Chen 
 
Cinematography by
Hui-Chi Tsao 
 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
 
Art Direction by
Ching-Shen Chen 
 
Makeup Department
Hsu-Ching Wu .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ko Hung .... assistant director (as Ke Hung)
 
Sound Department
Yung-Hua Wang .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fen Chen .... lighting technician
 
Other crew
Cheung-Yan Yuen .... fighting instructor (as Hsiang-jen Yuan)
 

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Also Known As:
"You gui zi" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Oily Maniac" - Hong Kong (English title) (original subtitled version)
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84 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Finland:K-15 (2006) | Netherlands:12 (2006) (DVD)
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References Jaws (1975)See more »

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
So bad it's great!, 25 September 2008
Author: kriitikko from Kirkkonummi, Finland

I saw this Meng Hua Ho's film "Oily Maniac" (You gui zi, 1976) few days ago then and I loved it. It is a terrible film but it's so bad that it's good.

The main character is a gribble named Shen Yuan (Danny Lee) who works for a slimy prosecutor. Job is terrible and relationship with the girl he's loved since childhood is not working. Then one day Shen's friend accidentally stabs a man to death and is sentenced to be executed in half an hour (talk about a legal system!). As his last wish the man asks Shen to copy a tattoo from his back that is supposed to be a spell that Shen's father, who was a shaman, put there (why he did so, is never revealed). Later on as Shen curses how bad his life is he remembers the spell. As a part of the spell you must dig a hole in the middle of your house. Good thing Shen doesn't live in a storehouse or any decent looking house either, so the digging is pretty easy. When the spell is completed Shen turns into Oily Maniac, a super powerful monster. After done the spell the first time Shen can turn to Oily Maniac by washing himself with oil. Shen decides to use his powers to kill all the bad people in the world (or in the neighborhood area at least).

The monster in this film, Oily Maniac, is one of the most cheapest and ridiculous looking film monsters ever: dressed in black overalls and with yellow eyes. His movements sometimes are so slow and clumsy that he resembles a turtle on his back (which makes other actors panicked reactions all the more hilarious). Oily Maniac also only has one roar that then is repeated over and over again. He can also turn to a puddle of oil that can move under doors (some of the worst special effects I have ever seen!) and when he moves he is accompanied by a rip-off music from "Jaws".

This film is just about as bad as it can be, but if you watch it with humor then you'll be rewarded with great laughs. The illogical plot alone would make me smile any day, but when the film is also added with bad special effects, self-ironic acting and a decent amount of nudity (I imagine the film is mainly directed for guys) the result was truly enjoyable. Not to mention that not all of the humor in the film was accidental: the court room scene was obviously meant for laughs and works perfectly.

Want to see a film so bad you won't believe it? Want to have great laughs at the expense of cheap movie? Want to see a clumsy monster killing a rapist and then decently covering the unconscious victim's breasts? If so then "Oily Maniac" is your film!!!

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