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.
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.
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.
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.
I've rarely come across a film that alternates between actually creepy and laughably ridiculous. It plays more to the over the topness of black magic cinema and delivers short bursts of insanity. I'm sad the 'Flying Witch Head' sub-genre doesn't consist of more than three or so films. Cackling & delirious to quite the pleasurable extremes.
An incoherent mess with terrible/awesome effects that also serves as a warning to white people who want to learn black magic. The Leák Queen's maniacal laugh (which probably comprises 10% of the film's running time) is more terrifying than all the lo-fi floating heads in horror combined.
This movie fucking rules
This movie's nuts, but somehow not as nuts as I'd hoped? Basically this guy (who looks like an Indonesian "Weird Al") helps his girlfriend become a witch, and then the next day he realizes it was a bad idea and tries to stop her becoming a witch. Plus there's this uncomfortable scene where she seems like she's trying to get him to eat her out, but he doesn't get it. The person doing the English voiceover for the main witch really seems to get how unintentionally funny the whole thing is and really hams it up.
Well I've now seen that twice.
The Leak loves to laugh and so do I. I don't often hear people singing the praises of the wizard battle finale of MYSTICS IN BALI so I'll consider this one of the great unsung wizard battles of the silver screen.
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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…
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