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Topic Started: Sep 26 2007, 03:30 PM (10,744 Views)
Stephen Gladwin
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My turn! Here's a few VCDs from my vaults:

First up, my original VCD of THE RAPE AFTER (yes, Jack, it is indeed one of the all-time great HK horrors. Here's hoping we'll see it fully uncut on DVD some day)...

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Next up: The scarce HK horror PITUITARY HUNTER (aka BRAIN THEFT). VCD release

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Next: The rare Thai horror Sek Hunlaiga ma la Pob. VCD release

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Finally, a VCD release of the oh-so-wacky HK horror/comedy HAUNTED COP SHOP II

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Glad you like those scans Jack! And glad to see you like HAUNTED COP SHOP 2! Definitely one of the better HK horror/comedy hybrid films. I use the excuse "sorry, I thought you were a vampire" whenever I grope a hot chick's breasts but it never seems to fly :lol: (forum members who haven't seen the film...just smile and nod politely to your computer screen and move along...)

Anyways, below I have posted scans for what I think is THE BEST Thai horror film I've seen -- PHI TA BO. Below the pics is a mini-review I wrote for the film years ago.

This film is very rare and isn't even in Donald C. Willis's exhaustive and astonishing "Horror and Science Fiction Films IV" reference (I put a pic of the book cover immediately below). If you don't have this book yet -- GET IT! Sure the price tag is steep ($99 at amazon) but it's worth every penny. A huge hardcover weighing in it at over 600 pages (no photos, just text!), this is the reference book custom made for this forum! It has 1000s of reviews of the rarest films from all over the world (Thailand, Philipines, Hong Kong, Europe, Indonesia, rare US films). For example, PITUITARY HUNTER is in there, as is THE RAPE AFTER, DEVIL'S SWORD, MYSTICS IN BALI, and gallons more of hyper-rare Asian horrors I haven't seen yet or have been able to find! He even covers US pornos that rip off famous horror/scifi films, with great titles like POLTERGASH and E3: THE EXTRA TESTICLE (!). The only downside is because of the rarity of some of these titles, info available to him was scarce (at best) and so don't expect revelations about complete cast/crew credits or video availability or even full synopses on some of the rarest films. But considering this book was published in 1997 and this is the FOURTH installment of this series (he began the books in the late 70s I believe), I'll cut him some slack and even go as far as saying he is perhaps the most important rare horror film historian in the US. And, of course, it functions as a great goldmine for discovering hidden gems to track down...

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Review: From what I can tell (the film is in Thai language only), it is the Thai version of Eyes Without a Face! Sort of. A doctor's daughter is scarred in a car accident and he is intent on restoring her face. He kills a man and steals his eyes and transplants them to his daughter. However, the cadaver is soon vengeful and wants his eyes back! He rises from the grave, terrorizing the doctor and his family.

All I can say is WOW! What a great little film that I've been searching for for ages! This is a TRUE Thai horror for once! It even has a healthy dose of GORE! The film has an amazing sequence early on which is quite graphic: the doctor gorily removes his daughter's damaged eyes, placing the eyeballs in a beaker! Yes, you actually see the removed eyes (optical nerve and all!), and there is a very gory closeup of the doctor removing the eyes from the sockets (the sockets spouting blood). Kind of reminded me of a scene from the "Guinea Pig" Flowers of Flesh and Blood episode. And it doesn't stop there! The vengeful corpse is a sight (no pun intended!) to behold. He rises from his grave in the inky black Thai forest, stumbling around with bleeding, eyeless sockets. He holds out his hands, moaning for his eyes. And he even attacks the villagers with his arm that extends into this long, slithery serpent thing and strangles them! Awesome! The ending of the film is a showstopper, in which he fires (superimposed) eyeballs at his victims! He also rips the eyes out of members of the doctor's (presumably) family! And yes it's fairly bloody too! In one scene a pair of eyeballs even grow on a tree! This is definitely the best Thai horror I've seen. Hell, it even has an effectively eerie electronic score (although it may very well be pirated). While it is unevenly paced and does have that achilles heel of so much Thai horror (broad humor), it is kept to a pleasing minimum. DEFINITELY seek this rarity out!
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Dr. Jean-Claude Michel, I presume :D ? Is that you? I've been trying to piece together your identity via your posts on the forum (hmm, a French guy --I think -- in his 60s -- who has a long and flowing history in genre film criticism -- CHECK! Must be Jean-Claude!). At least I HOPE it's you as you would be a great contribution to the forum!

Anyways, glad you liked PHI TA BO (can't remember - did I copy that and send it to you?)! Yeah I totally agree about this one getting a proper DVD release. MM would be ideal for this film! A true lost gem just waiting for rediscovery!

By the way, have you come across any other older Thai horrors that are in the same league as PHI TA BO? Did you ever find a copy of that Frankenstein/mummy/werewolf film that you have a poster of? Seems interesting to say the least...

And thanks for the cast info on PHI TA BO! No, I never did find out who directed it unfortunately :(

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