Devil Fetus (1983) Hung-Chuen Lau

Devil Fetus (1983) 
aka Mo Tai
Genre: Horror | CAT. III
Country: Hong Kong | Director: Hung-Chuen Lau
Language: Cantonese or Mandarin (2 separate audio tracks)
Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 87mn Uncut
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 1024x444 - 29.970fps - 1.58gb

What does this have to do with Devil Fetus?  This film brilliantly takes the make-anything-a-weapon film technique of a low-budget kung fu movie, but adapts it for the horror movie genre, inventing its own make-anything-be-"haunted" technique.  From the Gweilo's perspective, this makes for enormous fun!  You will spend most of the movie wondering Whatever will turn out to be “haunted” next?  A haunted car?  Check.  A haunted dog?  Check.  A haunted fetus?  Well, obviously!  A haunted steam room with moving walls?  OK, sure.  A haunted bedroom set?  Now that's just silly!  A haunted dog-entrail-eating cousin-raping teenage boy?  Wait, WTF kind of movie am I watching?!

Devil Fetus begins when a woman, for no reason at all, buys a jade vase for $2500 at an open air auction that she just happens to be passing.  (Yes, the jade vase turns out to be haunted.  Most of the objects in this movie eventually do.)  Notice my emphasis on “for no reason at all.”  That's basically this whole movie's go-to character motivation.  That evening, she takes the vase to bed with her.  Why?  For no reason at all!  And then the vase turns into the creature from the black lagoon and rapes her.  Why?  Because it's haunted!  “Because it's haunted” is the movie's second (and only) other explanation for why stuff happens.  Getting raped by the creature from the black lagoon makes the woman fall in love with the vase.  For no reason at all!

It's fun to imagine the film's director, Liu Hung Chuen, walking around the set of Devil Fetus with a special coin, one side reading “For no reason at all!” and the other “Because it's haunted!”  When anyone asked him about any of the plot holes, motivation gaps, or other things that make no sense in this movie, he'd flip the coin and angrily shout his answer.  It probably didn't really happen this way, but I'd like to believe it did.
 Devil Fetus (1983)

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