Reviewed by: MrBooth
Another Chor Yuen/Gu Long work, this time a little more gothic and macabre than most of the others (reminding one of Human Lanterns at times), but not adding much else that's new... still, if it ain't broke don't fix it, as they say, and the formula for these wuxia detective fantasies is pretty unbreakable anyway. The film loses some marks for overusing coloured lighting, smoke and cheap special effects that sometimes make it look more amateurish than most of Chor Yuen's martial arts films. And for not having Ti Lung or Yueh Hua in it :)
Reviewer Score: 7
Reviewed by: Kung Fu Bob
Summary: Creepy Kung Fu Mystery
An extremely powerful kung fu villian named "Bat Without Wings" has been on a raping and murdering spree (and yes, for some strange reason he wears the same face paint as Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS). 28 heroes set out to eliminate him, and all but 2 are killed in the process. But 5 years later he mysteriously reappears. A handsome knight is implicated in the kidnapping of a clan leader's daughter, and an entire security team is murdered. The knight and the girl's father and fiancee team up to rescue her and unravel the mystery.
There are lots of sword fights, an island prison, flesh-bloating poisons, acid and spike filled traps, and enough plot twists for three movies. The stagebound settings are elaborate and colorful, but the film falters in the all-important action department. Despite an entertaining story, the usually reliable Tang Chia has presented us with combat which is mediocre at best. 6/10 -Kung Fu Bob