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A truly bizarre classic of Asian horror cinema, Mystics In Bali (1981), is a must see for any fan of the genre. Based on the novel "Leák Ngakak" by Putra Mada, the movie delves into the dark-side of the rich Balinese mythology and folklore. Originally banned in Indonesia, pirate VHS tapes made their way into the market, and eventually spread around the world, as an underground cult classic with a must-see mythology all of its own.
It's the story of young writer who is drawn into the dark arts of Bali, by an evil witch, who transforms the young woman into a Penanggalan, a flying vampire with internal organs hanging from her neck. Yes it's that movie! The special effects are deliciously low-budget, as the iconic image of the disembodied (but not disembowelled) head bounce across the screen suspended on wires. Making for one of the creepiest horror monsters of 80s horror cinema. All wonderfully wrapped up in a truly unique piece of Asian cinema, that has something to keep all fans entertained.
Bad dubbing, over-the-top comic performances, played straight, which makes for some great laugh-out-loud moments of cheesy horror genius. I've spent a lot of time in Bali over the years, and the Balinese people and culture are very close to my heart. So this classic does hold a special place for me personally. It maybe not be everyone's thing, but hey grab a Bintang, flop on a big pile of cushions and give it a go. I promise an entertaining ride, you'll never forgot.