The American Style Movie Archive, or AGFA, is a non-profit group devoted to the preservation of style movies and their legacy. Basically, they accumulate and distribute movies that may’ve in any other case disappeared ceaselessly. Centipede Horror, for instance, by no means obtained a house launch within the U.S. and will solely be discovered by means of uncommon bootlegs. AGFA discovered the one 35mm print in existence and restored it, now out there to lease on VOD. This 1982 Hong Kong horror movie is the exact sort of grotesque, skin-crawling madness price watching proper about now.
Centipede Horror follows Wai Lun, a person that enables his sister to journey to Southeast Asia for a visit regardless of strict orders from their mom and grandfather that the siblings by no means, ever, go to the realm. When Wai Lun’s sister mysteriously dies from an affliction that stumps all medical professionals, he’s decided to get solutions. It leads him on a horrific path that features sorcerers, a household curse, and, I can’t overstate this, an limitless variety of centipedes.
This nasty little horror film earned a certificates from the Hong Kong censors workplace as a Class III movie, a distinction given to movies that contained excessive graphic violence, gore, and specific sexual content material. The strictly enforced class ensured nobody beneath the age of 18 might lease, purchase, or watch Class III movies, which additionally contains titles like The Seventh Curse and Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. Of word, Centipede Horror is the one Class III movie penned by a girl: author and actress, Suet Ming Chan.
Just like movies like The Seventh Curse, the additional into the plot Centipede Horror ventures, the crazier it will get. There’s nudity, weird sorcerer rituals, demise, and a shocking quantity of characters vomiting up creepy-crawly issues. One sufferer winds up vomiting blood and scorpions, however the central evil sorcerer prefers to inflict centipede curses upon folks. Generally which means they’re simply stung to demise by a horde of them, and different occasions it means getting a abdomen filled with them to provide the sorcerer puppeteer-like management.
The top, gross-out second of the movie sees actress Tien-Lang Li barf up centipedes. It’s a second greatest served to go in on an empty abdomen, however it’s made all of the extra spectacular in that Tien-Lang Li stuffed reside centipedes in her mouth for this scene. That’s both an unyielding dedication to the craft or a stage of fearlessness most won’t ever obtain. Or each.
If there’s a draw back to this decide, it’s that the pale age of the movie doesn’t mesh properly with the white subtitles, particularly within the early components of the movie, the place issues are nonetheless brilliant and cheerful. It’s a small nitpick that can seemingly bug some. Nonetheless, the truth is that this film is simply too bonkers for that to be a significant sticking point- the plot rapidly turns into too convoluted and nonsensical for any subtitles to make sense of issues anyway. That’s a part of the allure.
We’re speaking dancing hen skeletons, uncomfortable rituals, gore aplenty, sorcerers battling it out to the end, excessive deaths, laugh-out-loud moments, and so many freaking centipedes you can’t assist however surprise what number of escaped the bug wrangler’s grasp to skitter off into the night time. There’s one thing extraordinarily unnerving a couple of centipede, and this film showcases them to an uncomfortable diploma. Director Keith Li’s horror film is as excessive as it’s gnarly, making it simple to see why the movie earned its Cat III standing.
Other than the rarity of this title making it a worthy VOD decide, it additionally affords up a digital Alamo Drafthouse expertise. The rental web page comes with two free videos- a preshow full with previews and an intro by AGFA’s Joe Ziemba that offers extra perception to the movie. It’s a uncommon VOD title that offers you a bit extra bang in your buck. Although, the skin-crawling insanity of Centipede Horror is greater than sufficient to warrant a rental from the adventurous horror fan.