Evil Black Magic (1992)

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Notorious Hong Kong cult director Ho Meng-hua (Mighty Peking Man) returned to the genre which made his reputation with this slipshod remake of his '70s cult favorites Black Magic and Black Magic II which mostly eschews the flamboyant gore of the originals in favor of softcore sex. This inexplicable decision mainly serves to alienate fans hoping for a technically superior update of the oddly beloved series, while offering little to differentiate it from a slew of other Category III softcore horrors. Eddy Ko stars as La Pin, a sinister sorcerer from Thailand who earns money by placing spells of domination on people. Fa La-ting is his zombie murderess, controlled by a metal spike which La Pin has driven into her skull, and rival sorceress Sofia sends her sexually ravenous midget ghosts after Fa to avenge one of the zombie's murder victims. The main story line concerns a young man named Ming (Lawrence Ng) who pines for a beautiful girl, Chun Yin (Ruth Winona Tao), and yearns to win her away from her suave boyfriend Wong Wai (David Wu). Ming goes to Nanyang and becomes the sorcerer La Pin's apprentice, picking up enough knowledge to invite the couple (VJs for MTV Asia in real life) to Thailand, and set his plan of enslaving Yin and murdering Wai in motion. After placing the Crazy Love Curse on his intended victim, however, Ming is in over his head, as Wai enlists the aid of the powerful sorceress Sofia to get his beloved Yin back.