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redwhiteblue

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06 Oct 2012, 8:22pm

An underrated Hammer adventure, which Columbia released on their region 1 dvd set, icons of adventure. Christopher Lee plays a sort of Fu Manchu character. It's a bit disturbing when they kill the main character's daughter, but he soon seems to forget about it, and Yvonne Monlaur looks as gorgeous and bewildered as ever. It's sort of funny seeing other familiar white actors playing oriental parts.

Related to: The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

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06 Oct 2012, 8:18pm

This was better than 'Dracula has risen', but has a bad special effect when Dracula is resurrected, and takes too long setting up the scene in the abandoned church. The scenes of the old men in the brothel made me forget what kind of film it was supposed to be. But other than that, it was refreshing to see Christopher Lee letting others do his bidding.

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06 Oct 2012, 8:14pm

This is still a disturbing film even now, especially the birth scene with the woman's legs strapped together. Christopher Lee was on top sinister form and the rest of the cast was good. Even the much maligned ending wasn't too bad, and worked better than the way it was originally written. Just a little abrupt. Pity Hammer never made more Dennis Wheatley adapations after this one.

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redwhiteblue

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06 Oct 2012, 8:08pm

This is ripe for rediscovery on dvd, so hopefully it will get released sometime or maybe Hammer could show it on their new Youtube channel?

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06 Oct 2012, 8:05pm

I rarely go the cinema now and made an effort to see this when it came out. I felt it was over hyped and resembled a BBC production. I didn't think Daniel Radcliffe was a good actor in it, and some of the dialogue was bad, and not in keeping with the period setting, but the atmosphere and the production design was very excellent, and the ending had a sting to it.

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redwhiteblue

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06 Oct 2012, 7:56pm

This is one of the modern Hammer attempts to appeal to an audience tired of the gothic horrors of the 60's and always suffered a bad reputation. I watched the DVD the other night and it seems to get better with each viewing. The music is funky, the cast is great, the resurrection scene is very intense and it is incredibly entertaining, even if poor Christopher Lee looks fed up at being brought back again!

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06 Oct 2012, 7:51pm

I recently watched this on the excellent Columbia/Sony DVD, with includes a superb colour booklet, detailing the film's history and featuring many photos. I'd never seen it on TV and tended to stick to the more traditional horror titles, but was surprised at how powerful it was, and Hammer did a good job for the most part of conveying a Japanese prisoner of war camp, bar a few typically English trees in the background. I could see why this was so controversial back in the 50's. I'm sure people didn't want to be reminded of the horrors that prison camp inmates had to endure. I almost didn't recognise Barbara Shelley, who looked very young and still lovely, even without makeup. Highly recommended for the film and the excellent booklet. I hope more films are released this way.

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rikstewart1979

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05 Oct 2012, 8:59pm

I would love a BD/DVD double play of this fantastic film, how about it Hammer?

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Beto

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03 Oct 2012, 11:56pm

Sou um grande fã do trabalho de Christopher Lee. Um dos maiores atores da história do cinema.

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BaronessMeinster

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03 Oct 2012, 11:34pm

Thank you. I dislike updates but let´s see.

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