GHOST EYES (1974) Reviews and overview

 

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Ghost Eyes – original title: 鬼眼 or Gui yan or Gwai Aan – is a 1974 Hong Hong supernatural horror film directed by Chih-Hung Kuei (The Killer SnakesHex; Corpse Mania; The Boxer’s Omen) from a screenplay by Yun-wen Chen and Kuang Ni (Human LanternsThe Nine Demons) for Shaw Brothers.

The movie stars Szu-Chia Chen, Wei Szu, Wei Tu Lin, Ping Ha, Ching Ho Wang, Mei Hua Chen, Ko Ai Chiang and Li-ju Chang.

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Reviews:

“The photography is striking, right from the opening credits wherein the camera slowly pulls back from a cackling green skull with glowing eyes. Hong Kong becomes a neon-lit hell on Earth from whence there is no escape. The film has some chilling sequences, including the unmasking of Shi as a rotting ghoul with a grotesque waggling tongue (his jaunty whistle sends genuine shivers down the spine), but too often uses the supernatural to gloss over some plot holes.” The Spinning Image

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“As if to make up for this decided lack in obvious thrills, Gwai provides his film with a visual surface that is glossy and intensely coloured like a comic (or a giallo), and a narrative tone as high-strung as a horror manga by Kazuo Umezu that permanently threatens to spill over into the outright hysteria of the films shock sequences.” The Horror!?

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