The Oily Maniac (1976)

 The Oily Maniac (1976) movie poster

director Meng Hua Ho
viewed: 01/19/2018

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Halfway through The Oily Maniac, the subtitles cut out. While you may think that losing the nuance of language wouldn’t necessarily harm my understanding of the movie, it did muddy the full sense of what was driving Mr. Oily Maniac as he committed the later murders. And given the readings of the film that I’ve been poring over, the evolution of the vengeance skews a lot of people’s reaction of the film.

I did notice that Mr. Maniac, who originally incarnated himself to effect revenge for a rape suddenly started to focus on female victims. The amount of misogyny the film evokes probably does depend on exactly what is being said.

I’ll give credit to Uncle Jasper at Silver Emulsion for his Freudian reading of Ah Yung (Danny Lee)’s emasculated polio victim turned misogynist rage machine when rejected by his lady love. You don’t need to travel that far down the rabbit hole to get there.

Overall The Oily Maniac is silly Exploitation fun. Minus the misogyny. Unless you take it as a critique of impotent masculine rage.


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