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Fei tou mo nu (1982)

A woman who has been cursed by a witch must rip off her head every night so it can fly around, attack people and drink their blood, which keeps her alive.


Jen-Chieh Chang


The Wei Wen Group (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Hsiu-Chen Chen Hsiu-Chen Chen
Shang-Chien Liu
Chang Ma
Ling-Tzu Chin Ling-Tzu Chin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mei Hua Chen Mei Hua Chen
Han Chang Hu
Hsiang-Ping Hu Hsiang-Ping Hu
You Min Ko
Chun-Chang Li Chun-Chang Li
Shu-Chen Li ... Hsiao Chun
Wen-Pin Liu Wen-Pin Liu
Lo-Hui Shaw Lo-Hui Shaw
Kuo-Liang Su
Chao Tseng Chao Tseng
Chung Wan Chung Wan


Yu Chun and her two loyal servants are deep in prayer when an evil sorcerer appears. He puts a curse on her, which causes her head to periodically detach from her body, fly through the air and attack those around her. Attempts at exorcism and removal of the sorcerer's poison are unsuccessful, and Yu Chun is forced to live with the knowledge that once a month her head will take on a life of its own and wreak havoc. Years later, another meeting with the sorcerer offers a chance to break the curse once and for all. Written by lament

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Fantasy | Horror




Taiwan | Hong Kong


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

1982 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fei taugh mo neuih See more »

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Chia Yu Film Company See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Absolutely Incredibly Bizarre and Amazing !!!
22 October 2005 | by mahatma_phanishwarSee all my reviews

The title creature is one of the most grotesque monsters known to zoophagousdom. Neither gorgon, nor utukku nor amphisbaena, it is rather a flying head, or undead being that could detach from it's trunk at will to swallow the living whole and has bloodthirsty tendencies, still having the spinal column & all of the internal organs intact! This aeronautical mooncalf, as depicted in this movie, can breathe fire, shoot laser beams from it's eyes, & even spit out exploding miniature disco balls. After a long night of blood drinking, the monstrosity floats back to rejoin with the body. By day, the beast is an innocent girl who's the victim of a terrifying curse, caused by a mass of fleshy matter, generated in the uterus, that lives within her body...

The origin of the Penanggalan (for such it is called) can be traced to the Malay Peninsula, it's legend tenuously handed down through the gauntlet of time, leaving us with only tattered remnants of its original horrific glory. Having full control over her organs, the dreadful cockatrice uses them much as the octopus manipulates its tentacles, yet this fact is often overlooked in descriptions. The Penangalian would use her entrails (primarily her small intestine, because of their length) to perform a variety of common mechanics, as well as using them to grapple with & constrict her prey. In the Philipines, and throughout Southeast Asia, it was said she would land on rooftops of houses where children were being born, signaling her appearance with a high-pitched whine.

The IMDb lists Féi toú mó nü as a 1977 production, yet the soundtrack blatantly steals music from other movies (a common HK movie practice) bearing later copyright dates, most noticeably THE BLACK HOLE (1979), CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982), HERBIE IN VANCOUVER(1982), and STAR TREK 2(1982) , and This particular film has never been subtitled into English, but is none the less perhaps the most accessible to Western viewers, with the possible exceptions of STREET RACING GRASUEH (Ta'ah Psushii Le'ak) & the more recent DEMONIC BEAUTY (Krasue). But this being a HK flick Kung Fu, Nunchucks, plus a highly psychedelic climatic battle between powerful Taoists are featured as well. And let us not forget the pulsating organs that are attached to the head, and the extremely brutal. blood-saturated showdown where teeth bore into flesh, knives penetrate intestines, and an axe chops into necks and hacks limbs off causing the red red blood to spray, and making this one of the most intense films from out of Hongkong!

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