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The Castle of Fu Manchu (1972)

The Castle of Fu Manchu (1972)





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This extremely low-budget adventure was director Jesus Franco's second Fu Manchu film for British producer Harry Alan Towers. Christopher Lee returns as the Asian madman, who has developed a way to turn the oceans into ice as part of his plan to rule the world. Kidnapping famed Prof. Herakles (Gustavo Re), Fu forces the doctor to help him with his diabolical plan. When Herakles' health starts to fail, Fu kidnaps two more people (Guenther Stoll, Maria Perschy) for a transplant operation at his Istanbul headquarters. Fu's old rivals Dennis Nayland Smith (Richard Green) and Dr. Petrie (Howard Marion Crawford) come to Turkey to foil his evil experiments. Rosalba Neri, Jose Manuel Martin, and Werner Abrolat co-star in this poor fifth installment in the popular series. The film is so poorly conceived that -- although it was made in color -- the shipwreck caused by Fu is actually a black-and-white scene borrowed wholesale from A Night to Remember. For completists only, this disastrous entry also stars Herbert Fuchs and Tsai Chin, while Franco makes a cameo as a Turkish detective. Various versions run 92, 86, and 85 minutes.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Christopher Lee
as Fu Mancu
Richard Greene
as Nayland Smith
Howard Marion-Crawford
as Doctor Petrie
Tsai Chin
as Lin Tang
Jose Manuel Martin
as Omar Pascha
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Critic Reviews for The Castle of Fu Manchu

All Critics (1)

Almost all padding, with a few cheap racial stereotypes to spice up the stew.

Full Review… | November 11, 2003
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for The Castle of Fu Manchu

It truly was awful, the direction was a disaster, the editing was bad, the acting was even worse. I know it's low budget but it was really obvious.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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I'm not too sure what this movie was about, but who cares, it's awful. Not even MST3K could make it enjoyable. The dialog sucks and is barely audible. The story isn't there. Even the credits are unreadable. Usually I not mind these low budget bores, but this one is truly a stinker.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

I've seen a lot of terrible films, and so I don't say this lightly... Castle of Fu Manchu is the worst movie ever created. It has no redeeming value whatsoever. It's not silly enough to laugh at. The plot is incomprehensible garble. The camera zooms in and out inexplicably while stuffy British wankers mumble stuff about things happening to people in places. Deeeeeeep Hurting.

Brett Warren
Brett Warren

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