Written by: Carroll Jenkins on December 16th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1991
Director: Billy Chan
Cast:Lung Chan, Wing-Chi Chan, Ching-Ying Lam, Billy Lau, Sai-Kit Yung
DVD Released:November 24th, 2008
Approximate Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: Cat III
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Malay
DVD Release: PMP Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 3 NTSC (Malaysia)
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: A speculator must bribe an official for an operating permit for his beach resort / amusement park so he can turn it for a hefty profit. Money doesn’t seal the deal so he promises the ‘services’ of his indentured super star. As fate would have it, she is severely disfigured by a freak electrical accident and he must enlist the aide of a black magician to restore her beauty before the crucial appointment. This service requires the fresh skin of a beautiful woman, but her spirit could turn into a vengeance seeking ghost.
The target audience seems to be teens, as evidenced by the escapades and hijinks of the three teenage boys and their dates who go camping at the deserted park. This is predominately a teen sex comedy with a strong 70’s slasher vibe. But being a Cat III rated film and age restricted by law, this seems as disastrous an investment as the run-down resort.
Lung Chan plays the sorcerer and is kept busy flaying a dead woman, killing snakes, and eating a live toad (!). His character is played tongue in cheek, but comic Billy Lau is cast against type as the self-centered and shameless promoter, and is therefore unfamiliar until his character proves to be a coward as well. Ching-Ying Lam (Mr. Vampire) portrays his patented Taoist Priest character though his role is really an extended cameo. It should be noted that the nudity is filmed in indirect angles, though the sex scenes with the sadistic official are quite torrid even while indistinct.
The Hong Kong VCD of Skin Striperess is OOP, but the Malaysian DVD under the title Sexy Ghost features a non-anamorphic widescreen presentation with English Subtitles. Obviously unrestored but mostly looking pretty nice, it must be noted that the bulk of the movie is presented in a heavy blue tint. Color is good in the occastional ‘daytime’ scenes.
This one will not appeal to die-hard extreme Cat III enthusiasts, but there is significant tension, suspense and action toward the end. Overall an enjoyable experience – just beware of sexy ghosts and one-eyed snakes.