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Hence, just like the previous "oldie" I just reviewed, BLACK DRAGONS comes off as another exercise in ridiculousness in terms of modern movie viewers. You've got Bella Lugosi playing this creepy killer guy who sort of gets dropped into the story out of nowhere. Then you've got people being stalked by him that end up acting like feeling-less drones once Bella pounces on 'em. Then there are these Japanese daggers that are left in the hands of these dead victims who are somehow miraculously unloaded to be discovered at the most open of places. Confused yet? I sure was. It's just too much to handle for a mere 61-minute movie.
To further frustrate things, we are constantly bombarded with newspaper clippings as a means of telling the story. This may seem like a minor complaint, but if you saw how many friggin' times a paper came spinning at the screen, you'd be a little bit pissed too. I was also bothered by the big whine-factor that all these old men in the flick seemed to be displaying. It didn't seem logical the way all these men would quickly cower in fear at the mere mention of Lugosi's menacing character.
It's a shame that the proceedings came off as so convoluted because there was potential for some kind of fun flick. And Lugosi appears to be having a blast as the maniacal Monsieur Colomb. His accented stalker achieves the kind of eerie dread that could work in today's genre movies. BLACK DRAGONS just couldn't nail the time period.
Audio English, Dutch, Italian, French, & Spanish dolby digital.