Cross Cultural Character Comparison: 1975 Carrie White and Chen Chih-Hung

Carrie, 1976 USA

Written by Lawrence D. Cohen (based on Stephen King’s novel)

Directed by Brian De Palma

The Killer Snakes (she sha shou), 1975 Hong Kong

Written by Kuang Ni

Directed by Chih-Hung Kuei

Killer Snakes is a Shaw Brothers Hong Kong exploitation from director Chih-Hung Kuei. To use the obvious terminology Kuei was prolific, unorthodox and unafraid of filth. Over his thirty year career he made thirty-eight films but, it is perhaps Killer Snakes (1975) that’s become one of his more notable cult favorites. At it’s least tasteful moments it falls nicely into the arena of soft exploitation. Complete with seedy crooks, snake mutilations, S&M, bondage and in one (shall we say- creative) scene a willing snake finds it’s way into a prostitute. Yet, there is a softer and more interesting side to this slithering cinema.

Killer Snakes– at it’s core– is a character tale

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