The Beasts (1980)

AKA : Deadly Camp (HK Title), Flesh And The Bloody Terror (HK Title), Shan kou (HK Title)
Survivre ! (French Title)
Director : Dennis Yu Wan Kwong
Cast : Chan Sing, Wong Ching, Kent Cheng Jak Si
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles : English | Chinese

While The Beasts (Shan Kou) has been marketed as a Hong Kong version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and/or The Hills Have Eyes (1977) it is in fact much closer in feel and structure to the rape-revenge film – most notably I Spit On Your Grave, although it bears similarities with Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring (1960) and Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left (1972), as in both films it is the father/parents who commit the revenge rather than the female victim turned avenger. Interestingly enough for what is sometimes considered to be a Category III film, The Beasts of Shan Kou is decidedly tamer than any of the other films cited – whether there is a more explicit cut available seems to be a matter of debate and as such unverifiable. What this does mean, is there is little voyeuristic attention paid to the ‘rape’ itself, or indeed the brutality of it, unlike comparable films such as the aforementioned I Spit on Your Grave. more…

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