so-impossible

has this been done yet?

#100daysofhappiness Day 74: wrote those words when I was 17, when I honestly didn’t believe I’d live to see the end of the year. I wish I could go back to little baby Bri and be like, “It’s going to get worse before it gets better. You’re going to hurt more than you ever have. You’re going to lose everything you’ve ever had. But you’re going to keep fighting, and you’re going to have people who love you through it all, and that right there, sweet pea? That thing you think is so impossible? That is going to be your reality. So you hang on, you hear me?”

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Hex (Xie) (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1980)

If Ghost Eyes is Shaw horror done right, Hex, from six years later and by the same filmmaker, is Shaw horror done really right.  This is the smartest, most stylish and tonally consistent of the non-martial arts Shaw movies I’ve encountered so far.  The story is heavily indebted to Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques, with an abused wife seemingly find an ally against her abusive husband, only to launch into an increasingly dire and bloody set of double crosses and plot twists, so much so it’s almost impossible to talk about the story in detail without giving too much away (though if you’ve seen Les Diaboliques, you know most of it, with a touch of EC Comics comeuppance at the end).  The attraction here are the bizarre horror setpieces, culminating a psychedelic nude exorcism dance, lit by the reflection of a stained glass window, leading to one of the movie’s few moments of shocking gore.  Like Ghost Eyes, Hex eschews the gross out shock value of Seeding of a Ghost and the grotty blandness of Black Magic, but also includes the well-balanced humor that Ghost Eyes lacked, and a genuine, quasi-Hitchcockian atmosphere of suspense, mixed with unexpected visuals and colorful moments of mysticism.  It’s an effective horror movie, for sure, but it’s also fun.  At the same time, it’s got enough character development that you really wind up caring about one protagonist and hating some of the others.  Not just a great movie for fans of Shaw Brothers or Asian cinema, a great movie for fans of horror movies , or just good movies, in general.

Star Ni Tien also appeared in Black Magic, Szu-Chia Chen was in Ghost Eyes and Portrait in Crystal, as did male lead Wong Yung, who also appeared in Bat Without Wings and Seeding of a Ghost.

ok but how the fuck does my mum always manage to find my condoms…it’s like something happens that will make it so she will accidentally find them every time even if I hide them so they’re impossible to find