Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Mystics in Bali
The true Story of an AUSTRALIA girl who learn the mysticen of LEAK BALI. (Bali). The tremendous mysticen of LEAK Bali, is always feared the people of Bali ever and ever.
Researching a book that takes her to Bali and the black magic cult of Leák, Cathy meets an evil witch which promises to train her in the dark arts. Tricked, Cathy is turned into a Penanggalan; a flying vampire with internal organs hanging from her neck. It is now up to the local holy men who are then enforced to do battle with the forces of evil.
One of the movies that started it all for me. Fresh out of high school, the extent of my knowledge was limited to what was in my local video store and the Troma catalog. Not a bad start but it was 'Mystics in Bali' that propelled me into the absolutely insane world of South East Asian horror. The tone of the movie is pure magic and the flying headed witch inspired not only an interest, but practically a lifestyle. If there's one thing that connects me to my teenage self it's movies and this is a canonical example of everything I desired from a film. Self defining, other-wordly, colorful, exotic catharsis. It might not be the greatest by many standards but it will always be a first love.
Hoop-Tober, Film 7 of 31:
Even more unrateable than any of the previous films I've deemed unrateable. Almost unfuckingreviewable. I feel the same way that I did after watching Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case, only the feeling is a thousand times amplified. Maybe it has to do with the English dubbing on the version I watched, or maybe it doesn't, but this has to be another one of the most laughably awesome films I've ever seen. Absolute nonsense - horribly written (or at least horribly dubbed), preposterously acted and with what have to be some of the goofiest special effects of the 1980s; this film is a goddamn experience. It may not be a pleasant one or a terrifying one, but…
I am slowly [but surely] collecting all of the Mondo Macabro DVDs and I have now seen/own the first eleven in the list.
Mystics in Bali was actually one of my most anticipated purchases/watches and I think that may have led to slight disappointment. I was surprised by the relative tameness in the gore/FX and nudity/sensuality/exploitation. This was almost a mix of a cheap, incoherent, Indonesian Onibaba meets Mr. Vampire but with little to no plot.
I still enjoyed it to an extent. I loved some of the FX but I've just seen much better floating heads in Asian horror films no less.
While I would still recommend this film to a few people I believe that H. Tjut Djalil's late 80s Lady Terminator is a better, more enjoyable film in terms of "story" and laughs.
Mystics in Bali isn't particularly great, but it is particularly weird to the point of deserving recognition. The story revolves around a young American researcher who travels to Indonesia to investigate a local form of black magic. She soon gets in way over her head and finds herself enslaved by a cackling old witch. Speaking of heads, there are some epically goofy scenes of a disembodied head floating around with entrails intact that must be seen to be believed.
Indonesian horror suffers from horrendous acting and dubbing (the lead actress was a german tourist just plucked from the street and she is beyond awful) and some of the special sfx looks like they were shot on vhs but it's still very hard to dislike this piece of madness with all its crazy scenes of disembodied heads sucking babies out of wombs and women mutating into pig creatures. Good and silly fun.
A completely insane film and I loved every minute of it. It takes about half an hour to get going with the crazy, but after that, there are gory floating heads killing babies for their blood.
Hausu kept popping into my mind while watching this due to the similarities in effects. Its campy as shit, but it just works. Its supremely entertaining and charming even with it being obviously dated and really terrible dubbing and acting.
Oh, and the Queen sounds like Yoda.
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Nowhere near as fucked up as the movie I've had playing in my head for years before I finally sat down to watch this. Goddammit, that evil spirit had an annoying evil laugh. Imagine Tales from the Crypts Crypt keeper laugh stuck on a loop for 5 minutes non stop-than add the annoyance factor by a 1000. Overall, I probably would have enjoyed this a lot more than I should have,but the movie I had playing in my heads a lot more fun than this ones reality. Having said that, a floating head vampire that goes around sucking the blood of not even yet born babies, did have its entertainment value.
If you watch one movie with floating heads eating newborns straight from the vagina this year, make it this one. That, and the Dude In Bath Towel Ex Machina climax.
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The October Ordeal 2015 day #10: Mystics in Bali.
“I don’t want money, I just want hot fresh blood!”
Ilona Agathe Bastian is Cathy, a reporter looking to write a sensational book about Leák, “the most powerful of all black magics”. Cathy is barely characterized, and spends much of the film under the control of her subject, the “Old Leák Queen”, a goop-faced, sandpaper-voiced witch with long talons played by Sofia WD. Yos Santo plays Mahendra, an ambitious, flashy villager who links Cathy and the witch. The witch first teaches Cathy telepathy and remote viewing, and eventually takes her as a thrall, using her to kill villagers and grow her own power by proxy. If she can command Cathy to…
Whew! What an experience! Well, I can finally say I've seen a legend. And that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.
By far the weirdest movie I've ever seen.
Some things just really need to be seen to be believed.
This movie is fucking awful. It's not even so bad it's good. It's not even entertaining or interesting in the slightest. It's terrible. Yet everyone needs to see it at least once.
It is so fucking strange and outright bizarre. The effects work is not good in the slightest but you just have to witness it for yourselves. This is a film to tell about as if it is legend. There's no way this movie could possibly exist in reality. And yet here it sits, in all of its...existence.
The acting is terrible. The editing is slipshod. The cinematography is as bland as possible. The direction almost non-existent. The…
When I think back on this movie it isn't the fairly egregious special effects work, ridiculous storyline, or horrendous dubbing I think of, no, no, just the abundance of sensual cheek kissing going on. Oh, and the cackling. Can't forget about the constant, never ending cackling.
Ok, and that man-pig suit.
The story of Handjob* doing literally nothing but fuck shit up by introducing his girlfriend to black magic who then gets possessed by the evil demon witch. Handjob literally does nothing to help save the day, relying on his two holy magic using uncles, one of which is possibly an Indonesian avatar of the God Zeus.
*Handjob may or may not be the the character's name.
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