In the late 70s and early 80s Hong Kong's legendary Shaw Brothers studios unleashed a slew of gross-out horror movies about the exploits of black magicians in contemporary Southeast Asia. None is more goopy, more visceral, or more insane than 1983's BOXER'S OMEN. Called "psychedelic in its excess" by author Pete Tombs, BOXER'S OMEN throws elements of THE THING, POLTERGEIST, HOLY MOUNTAIN, Italian horror and kung-fu revenge into a bubbling cauldron, eats the resulting brew, vomits that up, seasons it with gratuitous sex, rotoscope effects and rubber monsters, then eats that too.
The story of a young boxer seeking revenge against Bolo Yeung was strangely repeated in 1988's BLOODSPORT, only minus black magic curses, Buddhist rituals, and wizard battles. Director Chih-Hung Kuei, not content to simply point his camera at steaming piles of entrails, lends a legitimate travelogue feel to the location sequences and captures the atmosphere of temple interiors with symmetrical wide angle compositions. The end result is unlike anything you've ever seen before. (Laird Jimenez)