Let’s try this again. I understand strong feelings regarding my statements about religion and violence in my review of the 1991 bad movie Ghost Busting, but I’m not going to okay comments that are either threatening or that consist of nothing but obscenities. I’ll give nutjobs one final chance to express articulate, civil disagreement. Here again is that controversial review. Play nicely and we can all have fun arguing.

GHOST BUSTING (1991) – Category – More weird than bad, but butt-kickingly weird        I first saw this little honey more than a decade ago, but it’s pretty much timeless. It comes to us from Hong Kong, the land of killer fetus movies plus films with such extreme violence and sexual content that many of their movies can’t even be shown on PAY CABLE in the U.S.

Ghost Busting doesn’t pack anywhere near that kind of punch, but it sets up housekeeping in your head  because of its sheer weirdness. Wong Jing, Hong Kong’s answer to America’s William “One Shot” Beaudine and Italy’s Miles Deem, directed this film, so my fellow bad movie geeks know what to expect. The story involves a Magic School attended by students who could easily kick the asses of Harry Potter and his posse. When they find their academy under assault by evil spirits the four lead characters fight back by magically transforming themselves into their personal “icon gods”. The four figures they transform themselves into are Bruce Lee, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley and Jesus Christ. No, I’m not kidding. Bruce Lee is no surprise, but you could reasonably wonder why three kids from Hong Kong would transform themselves into Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley and Jesus Christ. I’m guessing it was because the Buster Keaton, Roy Orbison and Virgin Mary costumes were at the cleaners that day. 

Needless to say, an oddball like me gets a kick out of the fight scenes in which the King, the Master, the Little Tramp and the Messiah (stigmata and all) take on the malevolent supernatural entities menacing our heroes. It’s even more fun than it was to watch Jesus Christ fight vampires with El Santo in the movie Jesus Christ: Vampire Slayer. But let’s face it, that film and the more recent venture titled Jesus Christ: Serial Rapist can’t help but make me wonder how many people would be dead by now if Muhammad was the religious icon in any of those films. Most people have never even heard of the two Jesus movies (or Ghost Busting, for that matter), but if the blood-soaked prophet of Islam had been featured in this same less- than-reverent manner on screen the whole world would know about it because of the high body count. There’s that ollllld superstitious savagery about how Merry Muhammad is not to be depicted, which outdated attitude I guess goes right along with the rest of Islam’s sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, intolerant and outdated worldview. Yep, Christianity is an easy target (hell, I take plenty of shots at it here at my blog) but there’s no denying it’s also a safe one compared to the biggest religious bully of the moment. And before anyone tries sniveling to me about any of that ask yourself how many deaths the practitioners of the wacky “religion of peace” would wrack up following the release of a movie called Muhammad: Child Molester.   




Filed under Bad and weird movies, Milestones In Stupidity

10 responses to “PASSION’S FINE

  1. I like the post and agree that Islam is a bad religion for doind harm to its own people. Its laws prevent so much and punish for very little. A woman gets flogged for talking to a man on her own. Steal an apple and you lose a hand.

    Also, anyone who does not follow islam is looked upon as trash / dirt not fit to live.

    • I know what you mean DP. And as I’ve said before I’m tired of gutless celebrities who think they’re being “edgy” by just going after Christianity. If you want to show you’ve got balls, go after Islam, too. I know how all the important women in my life would get treated in Islamic countries just because they’re women and it’s sickening.

  2. Ok, so let’s have a go at you then…not! 😀
    Have fun arguing in a civilised way – I like the idea, but us humans are not too good at being nice and pleasant whilst disagreeing, are we?
    I hate bad language and swearing, it’s bad taste and pointless. And, for me, it doesn’t even work the way it’s intended. Yes, swear words can scratch one’s ears but, apart from that, they’ve got nothing to do with the person they’re directed at (although I agree that you can’t allow this filth to stain your product). They’ve only got to do with the person uttering them, letting the world know that they’re uneducated (most likely), unable to produce coherent discourse and emotionally imature (please notice that I was polite enough not to call them stupid). When this way of expression comes to voice or ‘support’ religious believes, I fear the fanaticism that may lay beneath. Of course, I’m guessing some of these people don’t feel too strongly about anything and are just keen to jump in and slag other people off, pointing their ‘righteous’ finger at others whenever they get the chance. Little secret agents of the thought police, thriving in today’s politically correct society. Cowards, too…Ask them to join a public rally or debate and voice their ‘believes’ to the world, and see if they turn up…So far, I’ve never met or seen a real activist who feels the need to use swear words or bad language as means of persuasion…
    Good on you, Ed, for bringing this up again! Best way to fight hypocrisy is to stare back in its face…
    So go on, nutjobs, give it your best 😉

    • Thanks, Didi! I suppose if I was motivated by just hits I would let the ugly posts show up because I’m sure there are people who go back for several visits when a good, ugly flame war is going on, but I don’t like that kind of environment.

      I agree about how a lot of these “keyboard warriors” are only outspoken on-line. In real life they’re too timid or lazy to actually do anything.

  3. I have a post ready to go sometime about muslims and their bad laws, but i have to get the facts right, because i have a muslim from Gaza subscribed 🙂

  4. ur a brave dude to slam on Islam. Glad to see it!

  5. Thank you so much for pointing out what needed to be said. People are such cowards for always attacking Christianity but as you say “crawling” for Islam.

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