THE BOXER'S OMEN
Deciding to broaden my Shaw Brothers collection, I
decided to purchase of few of their horror productions as opposed to their
numerous period kung fu epics. Thoroughly enjoying their “Black Magic” series I
was eagerly awaiting viewing “The Boxer’s Omen” as it had the reputation of
being even crazier and more bizarre than all their other horror productions
balled together. Well it does live up to that reputation but those descriptions
don’t always prove to be a better movie as shown with this absolute mess of a
As with many other Shaw Brothers productions, I
was oblivious to the fact that “The Boxer’s Omen” was a sequel before I
purchased it. It is actually a follow-up to a film called “Bewitched” (which
hasn’t been given a stateside release) which documented the account of a
Shaolin Monk taking on an evil black magic sorcerer. It is touched upon in this
film in a memorable flashback sequence but the film is easily viewed on its
|A serious case of ache |
The plot itself is an absolute mess of bizarre
images and plot devices that vaguely tie together and make little to no sense.
The basic plot has a kickboxer whose brother is paralyzed by a sadistic opponent.
He promises his brother vengeance but his life gets complicated when he is
visited by the apparition of a dead monk. Apparently he was a brother of the
monk in a past life so he travels out of the country to visit his talking corpse
(yes it’s as strange as it sounds) in order to train to defeat an evil black
magician that could destroy his chances at beating his kickboxing opponent.
That’s about as much as I could gather from its insane storyline.
|Seriously, what the fuck is this?|
Fans of outrageous scenes that will dazzle the
senses will get an eye full as just about every bizarre aspect of every other
black magic Asian horror film is upped ten-fold. We get flying magician heads
strangling people with tendons, Fuzzy stuffed animal looking spiders piercing
eyes (ala Lucio Fulci’s “The Beyond”), corpses raised from the dead in
alligator carcass, attacking alligator skulls, bat crucifixions, bat skeletal
dances, brain stirring in a skull and talking mummified corpses. Does any of
this make sense? Nope but it would be more entertaining if the special effects
weren’t so lamentable causing more unintentional laughter than shock value.
|"This movie makes no flipping sense!"|
“The Boxer’s Omen” may dazzle the senses with all its
bizarre imagery but the film as a whole is a failure with its incomprehensible
plot, pilfered music from “Alien”, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “Phantasm”
awkwardly placed throughout and shoddy special effects that induce laughter.
Basically it’s entertaining for all the wrong reasons a horror film should be
for. It’s worth a look for fans of the bizarre but cult fanatics are better off
hunting down the Indonesian horror film “Mystics in Bali” for a more fun wild
ride down Asian Black Magic lane.
Written By Eric Reifschneider
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