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MYSTICS IN BALI
1981 / Horror, Fantasy
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Directed by H. Tjut Djalil
Written by Jimmy Atmaja
Starring Ilona Agathe Bastian, Yos Santo, Sofia W.D., W.D. Mochtar and Debbie Cinthya Dewi

Researching a book that takes her to Bali and the black magic cult of Leak, Cathy meets a witch who 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.

The following tags are associated with this movie: novel adaptation, Indonesian, supernatural
Mystics in Bali (1981)
Review by Michael Mahoney

5 / 10
Eh, I don't really know what to say about this one.

There were certainly some decent things in this Indonesian horror film, originally titled Leak (pronounced Le-ak, which is apparently some kind of black magic), such as an ominous and threatening atmosphere, some decent special effects, and a plot that's played pretty seriously (despite how the final product ended up coming out).

But despite some interesting scenes, about thirty, forty minutes in, I was getting bored, and really much of the movie is just a young woman becoming unintentionally aligned with a dark practitioner of an evil magic, and becoming possessed, in a way. Some creepy scenes were present, such as throwing up what seems to be green slime and live mice, along with the initial appearance of the witch-like Leak Master, but it wasn't enough to keep my interest alive.

I don't have much experience with Indonesian horror. I do know that much of this film is taken from Balinese mythology and folklore, which is culturally sort of cool. But the movie didn't really do much of anything for me, and though portions were probably decent for Indonesian films back in the 1980s, some of the effects look rather hokey now. Might be worth a watch if you want to see something a little different, but I wouldn't expect to love it.
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