"Please, never buy this movie from anyone at any price! It actually hurt to try and sit through this one. It has to be one of the top 10 worst kung-fu movies ever made. I really should not have given it the one star. This is shameful stuff. And I actually like the main actor in other movies. But this is just nasty. -7 stars."
Don't be fooled
fifthvenom | sunrise, florida USA | 10/02/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Please do not be fooled into thinking that this is a "Venoms" flick. This is a terrible labeling error. It has Chang Shieng and Lu Feng, but it is not worthy of being anywhere in the same class as "Five Deadly Venoms" or either "Flag of Iron" for that matter. Please, do not be tricked into buying into this garbage of a movie. It tried to come off as a horror-tinged kung fu flick, but it is a total waste of time. I love all of the Venoms and there movies, but I think that they are trying to pull one over on us here. Why couldn't they release "Masked Avengers" instead? I don't even think they should bill it as a venoms flick unless it has at least three if the originals in it. This one has only two!!! It was painful to sit through this movie... What a waste of money!!!"
Spotty excellent Venom fighting with goofy demon plot
email@example.com | Verona, NJ USA | 05/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are some very excellent things about this film, and some very annoying things. Let me start with the annoying things. The title of the film in the opening credits is actually "The 9 Venoms." (Why do they say that?) Also the stars of the movie are given in the opening credits in Chinese characters only (no English credits), so its difficult to know which Venoms are actually in the movie and which are not. The box does not help. It too lists only "The Venoms" (maybe they can't read Chinese either?) I count at least two Venoms here, Chiang Sheng and Lu Feng, and a large ensemble of Venom-looking guys who actually can pass. Lu Feng has only a cameo as the Prince of Hell. The film features a heavy dose of the supernatural, and all supernatural kung fu films of this period have the tackiest of special effects. The film is in full screen, and if there was ever a film that needed to be presented in glorious "ShawScope" or widescreen, it is this one. The "scanning" is unforgiveable (there is little if any "panning") and key fighters in key battles just drift out of frame and back into frame. The voice talent is not the Shaw Brothers dub core we've come to expect. THAT audio must have been lost or something, or unsalvageable, because this audio track has "modern" dubbing with unfamiliar voices. If that was'nt a distraction enough, the characters are now "Joey...Gary...Roland." (Do you really want to hear that?)Now for the good things. If you can look beyond the above distractions, there is some excellent Venom-style fighting here. Forget for a moment that these guys are not the REAL Venoms. They LOOK like Venoms, and have that period slicked-down hairstyle we like in our Venom movies. The film is directed by long-standing Venom director Chang Cheh, and the fights are up to his standards. The fights include that signature "Venom strike" blow sound when they strike each other, and, I'm sorry, but when you hear long awesome fights with that strike sound, it can become hypnotic, and you forget all about the film's other shortcomings."
Worst "Venoms" I ever seen
kung-fu-lifer | New Jersey, United States | 02/17/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Please be aware that this film is a complete waste of both your time and money. I was trying to be subjective but I cant bring myself to mislead a true kung-fu fan, especially a fan of the "Venoms" troupe. The film in short is about a guy whose father was killed, gets magical powers from the devil, and then takes revenge. Pretty common theme other than the magical powers,silly gorish effects,and the incoherent plot. Complete waste !!!!!!!!!"
Daigoro 2 | Sharon, PA United States | 08/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"From beginning to end this movie is hands down one of the most insane kung fu movies I've ever seen. Much more akin to films like "Versus" than "The Five Deadly Venoms," this film has everything but the proverbial kitchen sink thrown into it. On the surface it's a pretty standard revenge film - father gets murdered, son goes on rampage - but that is only the skeleton on which the true substance of this crazy, horror, kung fu fest takes flesh. Wild kung fu/wire fu fights, demonic vampire child acrobats, flying blood sucking skulls, the devil, a guillotine, a whore with a heart of gold, exploding bodies, romance, intrigue, sacrifice, tests of loyalty, betrayal, forgiveness, an exorcism, and even a moral - you should never kill anyone...unless they're really bad, and even then don't do it with powers you got from making a deal with the devil - all go into making this film the treat that it is.
If, like me, you love your kung fu movies for more than just the fighting...if you like them just a bit over the top (or a lot over the top)...and if you aren't a kung fu snob, then this movie is for you!"