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World Horror Cinema: Indonesia

By Sam Reeve

mystics in bali posterTitle: Mystics in Bali

Year: 1981

Language: Indonesian

My rating: 6/10

You can’t say you’re a horror aficionado without having seen Mystics in Bali, one of Indonesia’s weirdest exports. It was originally banned in its home country for featuring so much black magic, but has gained a cult following worldwide for its cheesy special effects and acting. Oh, and it’s bizarre as hell, like think floating heads and pig monsters with boobs.

Cathy, an American woman, travels to Indonesia to learn about black magic for a book she’s writing. Her new lover, Mahendra, introduces her to a Léak witch, who then offers to teach Cathy her wicked ways. Of course the old witch has her own motives for taking on the young pupil, and soon it’s too late for Mahendra to save Cathy, whose floating head is set upon the locals to eat their babies.

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Sounds ridiculous? That’s because it is! The witch and the girl transform into pigs multiple times, but during one fight scene the transformation doesn’t finish with a cute real-life pig, but a hideous pig monster with floppy tits. It was awesome! Top that off with hilarious green screen effects, and you’ve got yourself a fun show.

The plot was at times confusing, but otherwise enjoyable because of the aforementioned insanity. The worst thing about it was probably the witch’s cackling, which took up the majority of the dialogue (no joke).

mystics in bali 2 mystics in bali 3There you have it folks! This is a must-see film for Bizarros and horror buffs alike, so why don’t you take a peak at the clip below of the first lady-pig transformation. I promise it’ll make you laugh. At the bottom you’ll find the full movie, dubbed in English.

World Horror Cinema: USA

By Sam Reeve

night of the demons posterTitle: Night of the Demons

Year: 1988

Language: English

My rating: 8/10

The world’s media, pretty much no matter where you live, is inundated with American stuff. I figured I wouldn’t post a horror movie from the US because of that, but then I found this one and decided that diversity could take the day off. I’ve got a very small list of movies that I must watch every year during the Halloween season, and Night of the Demons just got added to it.

A group of teenagers party on Halloween night, but this isn’t an ordinary kegger in someone’s basement. Angela, the gothy one, hosts it in Hull House, an abandoned and haunted funeral parlor that seems like the perfect venue for the occasion.

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Of course, after they hold a séance, things go horribly wrong as one by one the teens are picked off and possessed by demons. Can anyone survive the night and escape the grounds, or will they all get dragged to hell by the end of the night?

Night of the Demons knew what it was and didn’t bother to put on airs. Most teen movies feature plenty of sex and nudity, so why not go over the top with it and make it part of the fun? It turned the sexy parts into great comedy, whereas during those scenes in most other movies it seems boring and only there because “sex sells”. The same thing goes with the writing. There were too many groan-inducing one-liners to count, and it was great!

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While the majority of Night of the Demons was laughs and snickers, the horror effects were quite good. The set was amazing, and I can’t think of a better place for a bunch of scared teens to get trapped. The makeup and demon transformations were probably my favourite, though, and with today’s tendency to enhance everything with CGI, you won’t find such realistic and awesome stuff in modern movies.

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The intro was also something that caught my attention, and it served the film well. The creepy animation and music sets the tone and reminds viewers that it’s Halloween, motherfuckers! See the intro here.

night of the demons introWell, there you have it folks. You can view this classic 80’s horror below. Seen it? Let us know what you thought in a comment below!