This film is more gore-centric where Sex Psycho is more sex centered. All in all.. a pretty good waste of time.. you could do lots worse.
Not as gruesome as some lead you to believe .. but in this modern day of "SOFT SENTIMENTALITY" in movies, it shocks like no other has lately..
Strangely you find yourself feeling sorry for a cannibalistic child killer.. simply based on all the crap the poor bastard goes through before he snaps...
Over all a very good, very thought provoking look at a sad sack gone mad.
Director : Haraguchi Tomoo Starring : Harada Ryuji & Ando Nozomi Source-Cannibal King Productions NTSC Reg 0 (2 Discs)
Just like David Carradine's Kwai Chang Caine , Kibakichi's Kung Fu Werewolf continues his quest. The same star from the original walks the path of self discovery to the infectious tune that plays out in the background to welcome effect. This time his way is blocked by an enraged samurai who has already engaged and slaughtered dozens of village people , not the group from the early eighties dressed like disco dandies looking to swallow the sword rather than die by it , and is high on the scent of the kill. Kibakichi obliges him with a brief engagement but suffers a savagely inflicted incision to his side and has to retreat. He wanders dazed into a neighboring town where the inhabitants are all stricken with fear , all that is aside from a young blind woman named Omatsu. Even though injured Kibakichi is quick to react when Omatsu is attacked by a wild dog. She returns his kindness by taking him into her home where she nurses him back to health.
The blind philanthropist tells Kibakichi about the insane swordsman he encountered. The barbaric samurai is known as Sakuramaru , an outcast from the village and the murderer of Omatsu's father !. Kibakichi vows to avenge her loss and put an end to the reign of terror placed upon the village by the killer Sakuramaru. Kibakichi meets Sakuramaru in battle but the fight is interrupted by the appearance of Anju , seeking to engage Kibakichi herself in her relentless vendetta to kill him. Once again the velocity of her deadly boomerang blade whips around Kibakichi's person to announce her arrival. Delivered with lethal intent and followed up with a toothy snarl from her inhibited Yokai werewolf persona.
As if fighting a samurai who doesn't know when to quit , and an enraged boomerang babe isn't enough for Kibakichi to have to handle , things get even tougher when another aggressor appears from nowhere. This new freak on the block has an all conquering agenda and all three have to contend with him and his creepy accompanying entourage. Enter the evil Dogan-Sama , a pasty white painted faced freakazoid with a deep sounding , possessed by a devil type baritone voice that suggests he may have been nurtured at a young age. Dogan has the ability to put all before him under a spell of hypnosis and take control of his victims very being , with Sakuramaru being a prime candidate for his purposes. For shear pantomime badness Dogan steals the show , coming across as a combo of Charles Manson and Billy Munster. His entourage is an enslaved collection of tortured souls brainwashed into carrying out despicable acts. When let loose upon Omatsu's village tragedy strikes and Kibakichi is enraged at the level of extreme violence and murder they inflict. The beast within stirs !.
Faced with Dogan and his emotionless Zombie like goons Anju puts aside her battle against Kibakichi and aligned with Sakuramaru , who is smitten with her like a wild beast tamed by beauty , together they take a stand against true Evil. Dogan sets free the Yokai monster within his followers which leads to both Kibakichi and Anju turning primal themselves. Its werewolf transformation time , bring out the popcorn for all out monster mayhem enjoy ability. Imagine Rob Bottin old school werewolf turning ala 'The Howling' for a far more entertaining turn on the body hair sprouting , far surpassing the modern trend to rely upon poorly executed CGI.
There's just as much arterial spray letting as before along with limb loping and sword impaling amongst the fight sequences. The characterization continues its well structured development along with the introduction of different bad guys to keep things fresh. This is a cracking carnival of killer Action with another all out fully fueled and frenzied finale to cheer at. Colourfully created players both good and evil give the movie a real fantasy pantomime feel. The birth of the 'Fantomine' is delivered here.
Santo, famous masked wrestler and international secret agent, is asked to investigate the crime, since he's scheduled to wrestle in Spain anyway. He's teamed up with Paul, another Interpol agent, who proves his worth when the two men are attacked by assassins in Santo's hotel room. After an excellent brawl, Santo and Paul triumph. They investigate Dr. Mann (Santo: "Doctor of what?" Official: "Doctor of art. And I don't know what science."), but can prove nothing, although one of Mann's live-in models (Ester) tells Paul that each time a model finishes her work, she disappears and is never heard from again.
Interpol agent Susan is sent to Mann's castle, substituting for a real model. However, Susan and Ester are caught while snooping around Mann's laboratory, and they are tossed into the dungeon with the other captives. Santo and Paul break into the castle and, eluding the various death traps, free the models. Sara, Mann's assistant, falls into an acid bath used to dispose of dead bodies; Mann is captured. Santo pursues Peter, Mann's chief associate (who has been posing as a blind man). Peter tries to escape by motorboat, but Santo--dangling underneath a helicopter on a rope ladder--leaps into the boat. They fight, and Santo leaps overboard just before the craft smashes into the shore and explodes.
The next day, a young couple visit the famous wax museum of Dr. Kurt Walter Karol. They enter the museum.
Dr. Karol is finishing up a guided tour, and speaks about the wax figures of important historical figures of the past, such as Ghandi, Stalin, Blubeard and... Gary Cooper? Dr. Karol escorts the group to the basement. The young woman introduces herself as Susan Madison, girl reporter for New Arts Magazine.
Susan asks Dr. Karol's permission to take photographs and information for an article she has been assigned, about Dr. Karol and his most intriguing wax museum. Dr. Karol graciously accepts the offer.
Dr. Karol leads the group to a dungeon-like basement, where reside his more ghoulish creations. Dr. Karol shows the group some of the most famous monsters of film and literature, including Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein's monster, the Werewolf and Quasimodo.
Susan begins to take pictures of the gruesome exhibits. Dr. Karol inquires about Susan's background, and learns that another reporter from the same magazine is shortly going to marry her sister, Gloria.
Later that night, Susan is developing photographs at her apartment. She walks into the living room, and finds her sister Gloria kissing her boyfriend, Charles Humphries.
Meanwhile, Dr. Karol is playing poker with his good friend, Professor Halpin, at Halpin's office. Dr. Karol beats Halpin, and the two discuss the importance of strategy.
Dr. Karol invites Professor Halpin to his museum. Halpin finds it somewhat ironic that it is the monster figures which attract the most visitors, but Dr. Karol counters that men are always fascinated by their "dark side".
Suddenly, a radio antenna in Halpin's lab activates, and a giant TV screen on the wall comes to life. Appearing in the screen is Halpin's good friend, Samson, also known as "The Silver Mask Man," wrestler, crime fighter and all-around good guy! Samson informs Halpin that a colleague, Professor Rutherford, who was found dead recently, was in fact murdered by members of an unnamed foreign concern! Halpin thanks Samson for his good investigative work. The TV screen goes blank.
Dr. Karol asks Halpin about this strange superhero, and Halpin tells him all about Samson. Halpin explains that Samson is a mystery man; no-one knows his real name.
Late that night, Susan arrives at the wax museum to continue her interview with Dr. Karol.
Susan walks through the empty museum and, not finding Dr. Karol, descends to the dingy downstairs dungeon.
The fiendish dummies give Susan the creeps. She starts to take pictures. Dr. Karol walks up silently behind her. Susan is startled.
Dr. Karol apologizes for his indiscretion, and leads her on a tour of the museum. Susan asks how Dr. Karol became interested in these darkest emblems of humanity, and Karol starts on the first of many tirades against the human race. Susan becomes spooked by Dr. Karol's misanthropy.
Dr. Karol tries to persuade Susan to take a look inside his laboratory, but Susan gets creeped out by this weird miscreant, and runs out of the building.
As Susan starts to walk home down a dark, lonely street, a scar-faced man, one of Dr. Karol's flunkies, stalks her. He grabs Susan and carries her off.
Two old women are walking nearby, and happen upon Susan's discarded camera case, which contains her address.
Still later that evening, Charles and Gloria are worried; Susan hasn't returned home. Charles calls Dr. Karol at the museum. Dr. Karol says that Susan left awhile ago.
The doorbell rings. Gloria answers it. It is one of the old women, with Susan's camera case.
Now Charles and Gloria are really worried. They think something may have happened to her. They decide to contact the police.
Later, at the police station, Gloria tells the police chief the whole story. The police chief and a detective discuss two other disappearances near the museum recently, and feel there may be a connection. The detective is sent to question Dr. Karol.
The detective, along with Charles and Gloria, visit Dr. Karol later that evening, but he has no answers for them. He does, however, agree to visit the police station the next morning for further questioning.
and thats just the opening few minutes!!
After a group of violent lepers escapes from a sanitarium, robbing several farms, residents of the town demand the the sheriff take action. Meanwhile, a local criminal joins forces with the lepers to commit even more robberies. As the disfigured madmen keep the entire town indoors with its reign of terror, the sheriff has no choice but to call on the only man who can help--legendary wrestling superhero, Santo!
Technical Details Actors Bruce Li ; Lo Leih ; Ti Fung ; Lee Quinn Director Jimmy Shaw Certificate 18 years and over Year 1976 Languages English - Stereo Duration 1 hour and 34 minutes (approx)
STRANGE.. BUT Interesting... on a double bill with "fiend without a face".. it freaked out movie goers by the thousands..
i find it a very interesting movie,,, flawed.. but without a doubt... very very much worth a viewing...
"THE DEAD WILL KILL THE LIVING" so sayeth John Carradine!!
Adam Tanner.. you have had your warning..
the zombies walk just like the zombies in NOTLD, the make-up is very much the same as NOTLD and the eeriness is also obviously borrowed 10 years later as a basis for NOTLD... I cant believe John Russo or George Romero have never admitted to this fact. In much the same way that ALIEN was based on IT! The terror from Beyond Space!!