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One could argue that Joe Law’s 1982 kung-fu epic The Crippled Masters offers a thought-provoking commentary on society’s contemptuous attitude toward the handicapped. Or, one could see it as a testament to the disturbing lengths to which filmmakers will go in order to attract an audience. Law’s cookie-cutter martial-arts flick—in which two disfigured warriors team up to exact revenge on the evil, hunchbacked warlord who deprived them of their extremities—exploits its actors’ real-life physical deformities for the sake of schtick. Lee Ho, who apparently has his arms chopped off in the film’s opening scene, has an advantage over his withered-legged counterpart, Kung Suh Ching: Escaping dismemberment is Ho’s chicken-wing-like baby arm, which he uses to slap his adversaries silly and twirl attack rods around like a cheerleader’s baton. This very nub best sums up Crippled Masters’ tasteless appeal: it’s unsettlingly humorous, and impossible to look away from. The Washington Psychotronic Film Society presents the film at midnight at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. Free. (202) 667-0090. (Matthew Borlik)