What our staff has to say: “Really cool Shaw Brothers horror film from 1982 that combines ghoulish imagery with superb lighting and set design. Recommended if you’ve ever wanted to know what a wuxia film would look like with Suspiria lighting. 88 Films continues their stellar run of martial arts/Hong Kong fantasy movies with this release!” – Justin
Though featuring the Shaw Brothers custom brand of martial arts mayhem, HUMAN LANTERNS also taps into the early 80s craze for the American slasher film and the earlier Hammer horrors by providing a grisly take on the serial killer feature in an inimitable Hong Kong style.
When an unbalanced craftsman decides to get revenge on two Kung Fu masters by creating special lanterns constructed from the human skin of their dead relatives, all hell breaks loose in this gruesome tale of bloody retribution.
Taking its inspiration from movies like Psycho and real cases like Ed Gein, HUMAN LANTERNS is clearly not for the faint-hearted with its over the top gore and sadistic qualities but this slice of darker than dark fantasy still manages to be both wonderfully horrible and impressively entertaining.
• HD Transfer from the Original Negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• 2.0 DTS-HD MA Mono Mandarin with Newly Translated English Subtitles
• Audio commentary by Kenneth Brorsson and Phil Gillon of the Podcast On Fire Network
• A Shaw Story – an Interview with Susan Shaw
• The Beauty and the Beasts – An Interview with Linda Chu
• Lau Wing – The Ambiguous Hero
• Original Trailer