Seeding of a Ghost (1983)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror  |   Release Date - Dec 29, 1983 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This Shaw Brothers potboiler is one of the more outrageous productions to emerge from the studio's later days. The storyline takes a while to get going -- the first 15 minutes of the story play like a softcore erotica flick and it takes a while for the supernatural stuff to begin -- but the results will please an exploitation film fan once it gets going. Once the spellcasting begins, Seeding Of A Ghost hinges on a series of gross-out setpieces that mix traditional Asian folklore with the splatter-movie motifs of early 1980's horror. Fans of twisted filmmaking will be happy to know that it delivers the goods. The highlight, of course, is an all-stops-out finale that combines a demon birth, tentacle attacks, and plenty of flying gore. Even the pre-spellcasting stuff is pretty entertaining in a trashy way, particularly an amusing sequence where a man and his topless girlfriend run across a beach in slow-motion while kitschy lounge music plays on the soundtrack. Director Yang Chuan keeps this horror/exploitation cocktail moving along at a tight pace and wisely plays it straight, allowing the film's outrageous elements to speak for themselves. There isn't much room for acting or characterization in the film but kung-fu film regulars Philip Ko and Norman Chu acquit themselves just fine as the film's male leads. Ultimately, one's interest in Seeding Of A Ghost will depend up one's love for trashy horror flicks but those interested should know that this one dishes up its schlock-horrors with glee.