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Seeding Of A Ghost (Image Entertainment) 
Written by: on April 7th, 2009

Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1983
Director: Chuan Yang
Cast: Man-Biao Bak, Jaime Mei Chun Chik, Norman Chu, San Nam Hung, Maria Jo, Phillip Ko, Sha-fei Ouyang, Mi Tien, Ga Man Wai, Yee Yan Wai, Yung Wang

DVD released: December 2nd, 2008
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Spanish
DVD Release: Image Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98

Synopsis: A taxi driver hits a black magician, which portends seriously bad luck. His newlywed wife works as a hostess in a black jack parlor but begins an adulterous affair with a wealthy patron. After topless running on the beach and a lengthy shower in a hotel, she insists he divorce his wife. When he has no such intention, she jumps out of the car but is raped and killed by juvenile delinquents. The distraught husband goes back to the wizard seeking supernatural revenge.

While US horror / exploitation film was endlessly regurgitating the worn and tired slasher formula (stolen from the Italian Giallo), the Shaw Brothers produced this exploitation extravaganza. It begins as a soft-core skin flick as it witnesses the adulterous affair, then becomes a tense stalk and assault thriller in an abandoned Victorian mansion. The husband gets assaulted by his wife’s killers but thinks they were hired by the lover to kill him! More bad mistakes and bad luck follow, resulting in black magic rites on the revived corpse of the wife, possession of the lover’s wife, epic battles between priests and sorcerers, and finally all hell breaks loose.

The movie engages in excess, but does so in a restrained manner. There is lots of full frontal nudity, but the actresses are presented in a flattering manner – except maybe when they’re dead or possessed. The plot makes sense (in context) and the climax is truly memorable. The special effects and even the soundtrack are obviously modeled after John Carpenter’s The Thing, and that’s a major strength. Though the movie does contain bizarre scenes, they are not the primary reason for its existence, as was the case with Boxer’s Omen (another bizarre Shaw horror released 2 months earlier).

The acting is fine by a large cast, especially the two wives, and all the leading ladies show quite a devotion to their craft (no optical fogging here). The weak link is probably the taxi driver husband, but he’s supposed to be a dork.

The DVD:

A great presentation, widescreen anamorphic 1:85 with original Mandarin soundtrack with English and Spanish subtitles. No extras other than the newly edited trailers, but it’s uncut!  What more could you want?

Seeding Of A Ghost is an excellent entertainment that presents excessive exploitation in a deadly serious fashion. The sheer over-the-top exuberance of this feature make it a kissing cousin to Re-Animator, Evil Dead II, and Return Of The Living Dead. Less polished, but it preceded those features and did so with lots of bush.

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