Movies that are slightly off.
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.
Oh god I love how weird this was but I think that having seen Lady Terminator first might have spoiled me a little bit. When Mystics in Bali is wild, it's WILD, but for so much of the running time (only 86 minutes) its pacing is a bit too stilted in comparison to Lady Terminator's barrage of ultra-stylish mayhem and misandry. Definitely going to show this to friends, but before Lady Terminator and AFTER we have adequately imbibed, inhaled, etc. Rating likely to improve then...!
Look forward to my list "Cacklecore" coming soon!
Even crazier than Lady Terminator and has the added benefit of not getting bogged down by repetitive action scenes.
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.
η ταινια ειναι πληρη αποδειξη οτι το ανθρωπινο ειδος ειναι ηλιθιο αλλα βασικα θελουμε και αλλες ταινιες με σπονδυλικες στηλες να βγαινουν απο τα σωματα και να πετανε δεξια αριστερα , στω
What the hell did I just watch?
I saw Amazon streaming's version, which is dubbed and zoomed in to 16:9. Normally it is obvious if that harms a film: here I have no clue. I have no idea what I just watched or experienced, or indeed if I am awake or just dreaming this whole thing. I am questioning my sanity. I keep thinking I'm hearing cackling behind me and out of the corner of my eye I think I see the poster image. I may need help, please consider this a plea.
If ever a film defies rating, it's this one. I made the mistake of seeing it a) sober and b) alone. I'm not certain this wasn't an official release of the Bali tourist board
Surely one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen. And that is saying way too much. I'd love to see it remastered and uncut (it seems shortened for for the american version). Crazy low-fi electronic score, almost experimental.
It's meeee, Cathyyyyyyyy
Come home-uhhhh, so co-ho-ho-hooooollld
Let me in through your windoo-hoooow
More weird than scary, Mystics in Bali assumes that a potential viewer has a pretty good knowledge of how Indonesian black magic works, which is pretty much lost on anyone outside of the country. Instead, you have to hold on for dear life as it throws all kinds of rituals at you prior to the more universally recognized horror elements crop up. Well, as universally recognized as transforming into pigs and snakes, barfing up live mice and disembodied heads thirsty for the blood of newborn infants get. There is a strong novelty in all that, but it's painfully clear without any research that the version of the film in wide circulation now was heavily edited down from its original incarnation,…
*Movie #2 of 12 Hours of Terror*
It's a terrible film, but it's also really fun to watch with a big group of people. However, the novelty grew tired and the humor just became stale and I wanted it to end.
Yes, this is hilarious, but it's still terrible.
Yay Indonesia! This one is bad, MST3K-bad....
Not sure if there is an un-dubbed version that might make this one a little creepier and scarier, but the dubbed version is laughable and you'll forget that you're even watching a film about witches and black magic.
Plus, that ending.....it's something to behold.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).