CENTIPEDE HORROR (1984)
posted 00/00/2009

Directed by:
Keith Li

Starring:
Hussein Abu Hassan
Chu-kwong Chan
F.C. Chan
Lai Fun Chan

Country: Hong Kong
Runtime: 76 min
Original title: Wu gong zhou
AKA: Centipede Curse,
Centipede Sorcerer
     
     

Here is a fun example of 80’s Hong Kong horror. Centipedes are the tools of terror but it’s witchcraft that invokes them out to play. I sat down, not really knowing what I was in for, except maybe some gore gags with insects but this film turned out to be much more, story wise.

Kay sets out on a forbidden vacation to SE Asia with her gal pal. Why south east Asia is generally forbidden to those from Hong Kong I do not know, but Kay’s grandfather did something shameful there a long time ago and that’s a good enough reason. I will tell you what he did later. Kay was given a powerful necklace to ward off spirits but she does not wear it on that awful day. Her stupid friend told her it looked funny. On that awful day she got drunk on coconut water (is that even possible) and went to find a washroom in the jungle and was attacked by centipedes and hospitalized. Her dumb friend was also attacked and she died of a stroke. Kay’s brother, Mr. Pak, flies in from Hong Kong but nothing could be done. Kay rots away and dies. Asian doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but a guy off the street called (I kid you not) "The King of the Centipedes" figures it out. It was witchcraft! Some powerful witch cast a Centipede spell on Kay - but who? And why?

Now I shall reveal the shameful thing Kay’s grandfather did. He got married to a nice girl in south east Asia, got caught cheating on her, accidentally kills his wife and then burns down the entire village killing men, women and children. But a vengeful grey haired elder survives and now practices black magic vengeance on his descendants. Pak gets help from two different witch doctors to prevent spells being cast on him. We see the first one heal a lady with a green belly by having her dance around naked while he plays drums with some bones until she vomits out scorpions. I cannot make this shit up. This guy even has two ghosts that do his bidding. The second, more powerful witch doctor is priest Larong. More on him later. The grey haired elder is now after Pak. He casts a spell on his female friend Chee and will use her to seduce him to remove the necklace that wards off evil spirits that he always wears and is preventing bad magic from harming him.

The grey haired elder casts a centipede spell on Pak and a shit load of centipedes come crawling to his hotel bedroom. Meanwhile Chee’s seduction works and she casts off his necklace throwing it on the ground. Now the ultimate witchcraft battle will ensue. From two different locations priest Larong and the grey haired elder will go at it with Pak’s life in the balance. Larong summons an army of dancing skeletal chickens and sets one on fire sending it flying to attack the grey haired elder. We shall just call him the elder from now on, and yes, skeletal chickens ARE fucking insane to me too! The elder is tough and wards off the attack, meanwhile the bugs are crawling into bed with Pak and he’s freaking out. Suddenly a pitcher of hot water falls on the medallion/necklace and a cobra comes out controlled by Larong’s mind. He teleports it to attack the elder and it burrows into his skull, painfully killing him. The centipedes all die and the elder’s body burns up. Pak is ok and Chee vomits out centipedes and appears to be fine.

This film has a lot of bizarre fun elements and is not your ordinary horror film. Asian witchcraft movies are a lot of fun because there is so much weird stuff in there. But unfortunately they can also be very lame and boring. I recommend this film because it is mildly entertaining and I could handle a second viewing. Just don’t be surprised if it becomes too lame to handle. Have fun with this one...go ahead.

- Jorge Antonio Lopez

 

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