I’ve been reviewing movies for hellinspace.com, or recommending movies for this site, one of the things that I have noticed recently is the fact that I have not reviewed or recommended very many my artial arts movies… The truth is, is that I can’t imagine that there are to many martial arts horror movies, but there are some truly awesome regular martial arts movies that are just an awesome great time, and I think would be great to bring back in to the light!
Why are these movies so great? Well simply put… Especially with the older martial arts movies…. But they are like the ultimate definition of what is great about B Movies!
What I mean by this, is that the ones that I have seen often times have some awesome stories, some brilliantly bad special effects, and amazing and eclectic acting talent!
And a great example of this is the movie, The Flying Guillotine (1975)!
Written by: Kuang Ni (Five Deadly Venoms) & Directed by: Meng Hua Ho (Lady Of Steel). Starring: Kuan Tai Chen (Gallants), Feng Ku (Night Corridor), Wu Chi Liu (The 14 Amazons) & Yang Chiang (City Of Darkness).
The Flying Guillotine, is the story of how in ancient China a weapons maker ends up making a weapon for the brutal and sadistic Emperor of China…. This weapon is essentially what the title says, it is more or less a flying guillotine…
What I mean by this, is that it is a sort of metal hat that turns in to a hood, that has some blades on it so that when the person who is throwing his weapon catches his pray, he yanks on the chain and pulls off the persons head… Definitely a toy for people who take their violence to a whole new level, eh?
Once the Emperor is satisfied that the weapon works, he has a team of his guard train with it so that they can use these weapons and become the Emperor’s assassination squad… The only problem is that in the end, the Emperor has been using them to kill loyal lords, and one of their own ranks has been convincing the Emperor to kill off the competition so that he can get up in rank!
Well in the end, Ma Teng (Tai Chen) ends up getting fed up with the unjust whole sale murder of people who just shouldn’t be getting killed! So in the end he ends up going on the run…
Besides the fact that this is truly one of the great B Kung Fu movies (bad dubbing and all), but this is also a Shaw Brothers movie… The reason that is so awesome is the fact that the, ‘Shaw Brothers’ Kung Fu movies are some of the best that have ever been produced!
In the end this movie is quite awesome, and if you are in to classic Kung Fu movies, then I think you guys might like this one!