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  • Actors: Kuo Chui, Lu Feng, Chiang Seng, Sun Chien
  • Directors: Chang Cheh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK888
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the creator of the popular Deadly Venoms martial arts series comes the most diabolical entry of them all! The incredible Venoms, a team of skilled fighters, unleash their fury in a bloody frenzy when they infiltrate a mysterious, treasure-filled house designed to entrap and destroy all those who enter it-- as fiendishly and creatively as possible! One of the rarest and most-requested Shaw Brothers action masterpieces, now presented restored and uncut in all its outrageous glory! Includes the original Chinese language version (with English subtitles) as well as the extremely rare original English dubbed track

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Jaworski on July 24, 2008
Format: DVD
As I've written in other reviews, not as many as Morgoth though, I'm a huge Shaw Brothers fan and Chang Cheh completist. Chang and his godsons, the Venoms, bid a fond farewell in 1981 to their four year/nineteen film series with this period piece (Sung Dynasty) martial epic. It's complete with the ubiquitous Chang Cheh traits like brotherhood, chivalry, greed, corruption, honor, copious bloodletting & kung fu madness. I've read that it's a "complete" Venom film. Not really, it's missing Lo Mang, Wei Pai & Johnny Wang (who was working with Lau Kar-Leung at the time). However, it does have his core Venoms like Kuo Chui, Lu Feng, the late Chiang Sheng, Wang Li, Sun Chien (who unfortunately doesn't flash his Iron Feet here), along with Yu Tai-Ping, Ricky Cheng, Chu Ke, Chien Hsiao-Hao & "Spearman" Lung Tien-Sheng.

First the movie; the trailer states that it's based on a novel. I did not know that, but that would explain its prologue, extended dialogue scenes & a "period" plot concerning Prince Yang's quest for revenge against Lord Bao. This involves a revolt, stolen Imperial valuables which are secured in a building filled with lethal traps (the House of the title; one of the traps is a staircase where the stairs become blades) & spies (who are responsible for the martial mayhem.) Many cool venomous fight scenes are tucked inside the complicated plot which also involves two opposing knight-errants, the Black Fox (Kuo Chui) & Butterfly (Lu Feng), a group known as the Four Rats, a list & a hidden painting that reveals the prince's dark past. All this intrigue concludes in a ten minute finale which is absolutely jaw-dropping.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Brown III on August 12, 2008
Format: DVD
Wonderful film. Indeed this DVD is released with english dubs included. Venom's fans are very lucky indeed. The plot may be straightforward but the choreographing is superb in this film. There is tangible tension between (at then) feuding venom actors Kuo Chui and Lu Feng. Wang Li (6th venom in my book) gives a stunning performance during the finally fighting. Enough cannnot be said of his use with that weapon. This film's bootleg copies down the years were basically unwatchable. Anyone defaming the remastered release of such a rare venoms treat isn't really much of a VENOM'S fan. A must have R1 release for Venom's fans. Here's a quick synopsis:

This rare film had circulated for decades as a bootleg (basically) unwatchable for english speaking fans. i've just veiwed the remastered version and i must say i was very pleased with every aspect of this film. the storyline, the acting, the plot, and especially the fighting. all are spot on solid. the fighting near the end is amazing, especially on Wang Li's and Lu Feng's parts.

One of the princes decides he's gonna revenge his father's premature death. so he builds the House Of Traps to accomplish this end. Lu Feng starts the story off with stealing a precious jade horse presenting it to said prince for proof of his loyalty. they decide to lock it up in the House Of Traps in case the emperor gets any smart ideas. after some appropriate storyline dynamics Kuo Chui shows up with the Pearl Crown to express his loyalty to the scheming prince. Lu Feng and he already exhibit some animosity with Kuo's copy cat offer to the prince. Kuo then heads out to further prove his loyalty.

Chien Hsiao-hou does a great job fighting and acting wise. Though he's in no way the lead actor in the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By morgoth on July 3, 2008
Format: DVD
House of Traps is somewhat fun. There's an allstar cast, and some sweet weapons fights. The problem is that the story is nothing special and the fights are too short. And, a bunch of cast members don't even get to show their stuff. Sun Chien doesn't get to throw a single punch or kick, which would be ok if it was an awesome movie like Human Lanters, but in House of Traps it made me really mad. And 3 of my favorite actors, Chu Ko, Chiang Sheng and Ricky Cheng Tien Chi, barely get any fight time at all. So if you want to see a few good short fights with Lu Feng, Kuo Choi and Chin Siu Ho, then you may want to take a look at this.

2.5/5
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Great action, great fight scenes, skillful actors. The plots tend to always be the same (avenging a murdered master, rescuing a kidnapped girl, challenging a drug lord, etc….). But I watch them for the great choreographed fight scenes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SeanLau99 on November 24, 2008
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At this point, Director Chang Cheh was an insane genius and his Venom Mob was flawless. Yes, this is basically the same Chang story about brotherhood, greed, and political corruption with newer and senior Venoms in their usual hero or villain roles and the plot can be hard to follow at times. On the other hand, the costumes, weaponry/gadgets, Star Wars like music, trademark dubbed voices, and superb Martial Arts make this a must for all Venom fans. I just recently learned of the offscreen friction between Kuo Chui and Lu Feng. It was great to see them performing together like true professionals along with Chiang Sheng, Sun Chien (who doesn't fight here unfortunately), Wang Li, Chu Ke, Cheng Tien Chi and several others. Kuo Chui is always a joy to watch. He steals the show once again with his versatility and charisma. After watching House of Traps, I started digging up my other Venoms flicks. Only a few of them look and sound this good. I'm happy to see all of the old Shaw Brothers films being remastered. I'm just craving more Venom reissues like Chinatown Kid, Magnificent Ruffians, and Daredevils for example. Chang and his boys were simply awesome.
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