Oily Maniac (1976) | State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters

3 tickets: $20 || 5 tickets: $30
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Original Title: 油鬼子
Director: Ho Meng Hua
Runtime: 84 min
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Rating: M18 (Sexual Scenes and Nudity)


The film tells the story of a crippled and down-on-his-luck Hong Kong man who learns of a magic spell that can turn his life around. Performing the spell transforms him into a grotesque and malevolent creature – an ‘oily maniac’. Along with other supernatural capabilities, he can simultaneously appear or disappear, serving as the city’s vigilante.

Based on the legend of the Orang Minyak, which has endured over the years with various reiterations - taking on the roles of villain, hero, and supernatural figure - Oily Maniac (1976) is a remake of this multifaceted folklore that has insidiously slunk its way into contemporary culture.

14 June, Friday - 8pm
6 July, Saturday - 8pm

- All film screenings are held at Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore.
- Concession tickets apply to Students (Local & Overseas), Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), and Senior Citizens (55 years old and above).
- Please check film ratings before purchase of tickets. Please note that you may be asked to present your ID at the door (this applies to concession tickets as well).



Monsters have entertained and united us through our fear – from the genre defining Orang Minyak to the enduring image of Godzilla tearing through the streets of Tokyo – A Fear of Monsters explores the monsters that have traversed folklores and popular culture to the silver screen.

Featuring Asian horror films from the 1950s – 2000s, this programme is a cinematic continuation of AFA’s exhibition, State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters.

View the full list of films here.

Getting to Oldham Theatre
Address: National Archives of Singapore, 1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868

By Bus
Armenian Church 04142: 2, 2a, 12, 12e, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 80, 197
Old Hill Street Police Station 04223: 124, 145, 147, 166, 174, 174e, 190, 851, 851e

A 5-minute walk from City Hall (Exit B), Clarke Quay (Exit E) and Bras Basah (Exit D/E)

Parking is available at:
Registry of Marriages (ROM)
Fort Canning Park
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Jun 14 - Jul 6, 2019
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Oldham Theatre
[General] Oily Maniac (1976) - 14 June, 8pm ON HOLD $10.00
[Concession] Oily Maniac (1976) - 14 June, 8pm ON HOLD $9.00
[General] Oily Maniac (1976) - 6 July, 8pm $10.00
[Concession] Oily Maniac (1976) - 6 July, 8pm $9.00

On sale until Jul 6, 2019, 8:00:00 PM

Venue Address
1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868 Singapore
Asian Film Archive