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ĻY (1976)
Black Magic, Part II

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 10/23/2010

With more than a smattering of cheesily over-the-top gore effects and the most bare breasts you'll see this side of a Skinemax late-night softcore romp, Black Magic Part II is a perfect movie for those who want to get into the seedier side of Hong Kong cinema, but aren't ready to jump into the Category III pool just yet.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Michael Kistner
Date: 12/14/2009

Entertaining Movie with a great score taken from mostly Italian Movies / Albums. The most suspense tracks are from "Sound Dimensions" (Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai).

Reviewed by: Brian Thibodeau
Date: 07/12/2007
Summary: One of the all-time great Hong Kong horrors!

Heeding the outcry for a followup after the success of last year’s wild dark arts exploitationer BLACK MAGIC, director Ho Meng-hua, writer Ni Kuang and their mischievous horror elves not only come up with a more intricate story that repurposes most of the earlier film’s leading players, they crank the freak-show dial way, WAY up.

More gore! More nudity! More zombies! More lesions, skin ulcers and blood worms! More lactation! A miscarriage! Wait a minute...ewwww! The opening credits haven’t even rolled before a topless native girl is devoured by a fairly convincing crocodile, after which a frizzy-haired old wizard (Yeung Chi-hing) guts the beast to retreive a cherished bangle for her grieving family. Things get decidedly more outlandish from there as skeptical Hong Kong docs Ti Lung and Lam Wai-tiu take wives Tanny Tien Ni and Lily Li on vacation to what a title card informs us is “A Tropical City,” where they run into all sorts of gooey Southeast Asian mysticism at the hands of suave sorcerer Lo Lieh.

From his basement lair, Lo whips female pubic hairs and breast milk into powerful zombie potions, controls his creations via giant metal spikes pounded into their heads (the removal of which expedites the decomposition process in Hammer-style dissolve-o-vision), and doesn’t take kindly to city folk sniffin’ around the rotting corpses of his victims. Not only does he turn Li into an walking husk after luring her from the group, he casts a love spell on both Ti’s wife (Tien) and his colleague (Lam).

Shaken free of Lo’s remote-controlled adultery by a rightfully perplexed Ti, Lam’s subsequent race to rescue his own wife from Lo’s clutches ends rather poorly for both of them, leaving Ti to seek out the services of wily old wizard Yeung, who helps him break Tien’s spell by extracting live worms from the oozing sores on her back. After he loses a subsequent battle of the hex dolls with an agitated Lo, Yeung bequeaths his own eyeballs to the young hero, who’s not a little nauseated that he has to eat them to gain the arcane powers needed to take on Lo and his battalion of druid-robed zombies.

The increased budget is not only evident in the quality and abundance of the movie’s visceral special effects, including some fairly effective process work during the fiery finale, but also in soft, atmospheric lensing by Cho Wai-kei and an eerie, detail-rich production design by Chan Ging-sam that works as hard as the actors to play up the popular Hong Kong perception of Southeast Asian countries as literally crawling with all manner of evil and exotic threats. Definitely one of the all time great Hong Kong horror pictures, with a few bits of Yuen Cheung-yan’s martial arts play thrown in for good measure—dig that kooky fight atop the gondola lift— and a flavorful music score by Frankie Chan Fan-kei.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: battlemonkey
Date: 12/21/1999

An evil wizard uses voodoo to create zombies and keep himselfyoung. One man discovers the treachery and decides to put an end to it all. No kung fu despite Ti Lung and Lo Lieh being in it. This is a really ugly movie--Lo Lieh is really ugly, everyone wears ugly shirts and bell bottoms and those stupid sunglasses that start out dark and gradually get lighter. But Still, it has some decent gore, and Lo Lieh puts spikes in people's head.