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She sha shou (1974)

X | | Horror | June 1975 (USA)
A young man who has been beaten, abused, humiliated and laughed at all his life finds that he has an unusual empathy with snakes. He can talk to them and they understand him, and eventually... See full summary »

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Chih-Hung Kuei

Writer:

Kuang Ni
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kwok-Leung Gan ... 'Keto' Chen Chih-Hung (as Kurt Lang)
Lin Lin Li ... Hsiu Chuan (as Maggie Lee)
Chun Chen ... Hu Pao-Chun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hao Chen
Shao-Liang Chen Shao-Liang Chen
Shao-Lin Chiang
Szu-Ying Chien
Chi Chou ... Kuan Fu-Cheng
Chin Chu Chin Chu
Li Jen Ho ... Hsiu Chuan's father
Kung-Wu Huang
Hsiung Kao Hsiung Kao
Ti Hua Ko ... Chin Yin
Chih-Hao Kuo Chih-Hao Kuo
Min-Lang Li ... Li Tung
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A young man who has been beaten, abused, humiliated and laughed at all his life finds that he has an unusual empathy with snakes. He can talk to them and they understand him, and eventually he finds that he can get them to do his bidding. He decides to use his newfound friends to take his revenge on everyone who ever did him wrong. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Slimy nightmares that mean death to the living. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

X

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer Snakes... The Hiss of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers,Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Pretty great Asian horror film with its share of sleaze
23 November 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

For those looking for a good example of Asian horror that isn't too over-the-top to start with, KILLER SNAKES is probably the best one to seek out. Available on video from Something Weird and letterboxed to boot, KILLER SNAKES is pretty memorable.

A pathetic man who overhears his mother's sadistic affairs as a child grows up with snakes as his only friends. He is beaten up by pimps and prostitutes, has his heart broken by the girl of his dreams, and loses his job. He finally gets sick of the humiliation and torment and sets his king cobras on his enemies.

KILLER SNAKES has a great plot, despite being similar to both WILLARD and STANLEY. I actually preferred this to both of those films, as it has a great Hong Kong atmosphere and better acting by the entire cast. The snakes are used to better advantage and the city of Hong Kong is a wonderfully sleazy setting for such an effective film. Sleaze fans take note of one scene in particular: the man ties up a prostitute in an S&M sling and sets snakes loose on her naked body after feeling her up. REALLY sick stuff! But amazingly effective.

KILLER SNAKES is highly recommended by me, as it is highly entertaining and is a great introduction to the world of outrageous Asian horror. Next on your list should be BLACK MAGIC 1 & 2, CENTIPEDE HORROR, or SEEDING OF A GHOST.


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