Category: sax rohmer

“Sumuru” (2003), a scifi update of the 1940s a…

“Sumuru” (2003), a scifi update of the 1940s adventure about a female supervillain created by Sax Rohmer.

Also, Michael Shanks is there. He came around only a couple of years too early. In his day, nobody paid attention to the internet….nowadays, people would take notice of a heart-throb internet women like in cult television (e.g. Nathan Fillion). 

All in all, I preferred the 1960s Sumuru. 

Si-Fan, a fanzine dedicated to the works of my…

Si-Fan, a fanzine dedicated to the works of mystery author and creator of Fu Manchu, Sax Rohmer. 

It’s hard to emphasize how huge and influential Fu Manchu was to the early part of this century. 

Myrna Loy as the Daughter of Fu Manchu in “The…

Myrna Loy as the Daughter of Fu Manchu in “The Mask of Fu Manchu” (1932). The film was an answer by the “elder statesman” studio, MGM, to the Universal Horror Movies. 

Of the dozens of Fu Manchu films made in the 30s and 40s, this one was the best. 

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Myrna Loy specialized in Orientalist films of this nature. That same year, she also made “Thirteen Women,” a movie where a half-Asian woman with hypnotism powers gets revenge on the sorority that rejected her for her mixed race heritage by getting them to kill themselves or each other. I’ve heard some film historians call “Thirteen Women” the earliest slasher film…or at the very least, a “transitional fossil” between the Hitchcock murder-thriller and the slasher film.

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