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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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Credited cast:
... '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-Lin Chiang
Szu-Ying Chien
Chi Chou ... Kuan Fu-Cheng
Chin Chu
Li Jen Ho ... Hsiu Chuan's father
Kung-Wu Huang
Hsiung Kao
Ti Hua Ko ... Chin Yin
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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First he caught one snake... Then HUNDREDS more!... Then he trained them all to kill! See more »

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Killer Snakes... The Hiss of Death  »

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Really twisted, sick... and slow
5 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was a rip-off of the American horror movie STANLEY... which in turn was a rip-off of WILLARD! I've seen my share of twisted Hong Kong movies, though I was really surprised to see that this level of sleaze was going on before the '80s! (Guess I need to bone up on Hong Kong cinema) Bondage, bondage, and more bondage! And the movie really wallows in the scummier side of Hong Kong, refusing to show us nothing but slum districts, dirt, filth, criminals, prostitutes, and other people of a disreputable nature. I wonder if Queen Elizabeth would have still knighted Sir Run Run Shaw had she seen this movie his company produced!

Putting that question aside... While it may sound like sleazy fun, it's not. The production values aren't bad, but it's *very* slow going, and the various exploitation moments (violent or erotic) don't come across as much fun, either from dull direction or made not to be fun (like *real* snakes being chopped up right in front of our eyes.) The movie doesn't seem to be heading in any real direction, which might explain why the final 5 minutes has some unexplained (or unbelievably explained) plot turns that help to quickly wrap things up.


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