Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Black Magic (1975)

Director: Meng Hua Ho

Starring: Lung Ti, Lieh Lo, Ni Tien, Lily Li, Feng Ku

More info: IMDb

Plot: A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

Well this was a hoot. If you're looking for some chop socky action, you won't find it here. This is all about witchcraft, potions, magic, etc. Lieh Lo plays the villain of the piece, Lang Jiajie, and he needs some unusual ingredients for his potions...

Part of the fun is what he needs and how his customers procure it. Then you've got the string of people who utilize his services but they all know each other. For example, one guy wants a love potion for this rich girl. He gets it but it only works for one day. The rich girl suspects something was up and forces him to tell her who gave her the potion. Then she goes to Jiajie to get a love potion for another guy who is engaged to another girl and so on. There's plenty of nasty dealings going on and it culminates in an epic fight between Jiajie and his 'good' wizard opposite. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out who's going to win.

BLACK MAGIC isn't the all-out funfest that it sounds like (it feels long even at an hour and a half) but it does have a good share of laughs and horror elements to keep you entertained.

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