Have you ever wanted to see a film about a floating head? Check out the Indonesian cult hit Mystics In Bali! Indonesian exploitation films had an upswing in the 70’s and 80’s, and one of the most inventive directors from this era was H. Tjut Djalil (Lady Terminator). Indonesia made some seriously demented movies (such as The Devil’s Sword), but this one really takes the cake. Mystics In Bali was Djalil’s first horror movie. It’s not particularly scary, but it contains some of the most bizarre scenes I’ve ever seen. The film is about a young girl named Cathy who travels to Bali to study a sinister black magic called ‘Leak’.
Cathy seeks out a witch in the woods who laughs at everything, and the witch becomes like a mentor to her. Cathy is never quite herself after a couple of visits to the nasty witch. For example: When Cathy is asleep, her head and spine suddenly loosens and begins to fly around looking for blood. The flying head especially thrives between the legs of a pregnant woman, where it sucks out the baby and eats it. Holy hell, did I just write the previous sentence?? Oh man, this film is insane! The dubbing is weird and the directing is messy (suddenly it’s night and suddenly it’s daylight) and the actors seem confused and scared.
But the film is very entertaining. It’s colorful and full of charming 80’s effects, and it is yet another example that the 80’s rule. After all, it gave us awesomeness like Rambo, Gremlins, Golan/Globus, Macho Madness (if yore into wrestling) and violent cartoons like He-Man and Transformers. It was a magical time. Then came those darn 90’s and ruined it all with Spongebob and Goof Troop. So. What does this have to do with Mystics In Bali? Nothing really, except that it’s violent. Plus, it’s… you know, freaking awesome. Sick? Perhaps. But still awesome. And I should probably also mention that people shoot laser beams from their fingertips, spew rats and turn into snakes and pigs.
Release year: 1981
Director: H. Tjuta Djalil
– She sold her soul to possess the secrets of black magic…