Films featuring the krasue, penanggalan or leyak, transformed witches from SE Asian folklore, they can fall into the general aswang category but very specifically the head comes off and flies around.
Other films not currently listed here, include My Mother is Arb
(1980) and Nieng Arp
(2004), as well as Burn the Witch
(aka Plerng Ches Arb) (2004).
Further reading: Leaks, Penanggalans and Krasues, Oh My!, a good overview of this sub-sub-genre, and there is an attempt to compile a full list here (which I've tried to draw on to expand this list).
Availability: Usually pretty poor in the West, Mystics in Bali
has a nice release from Mondo Marcabo but some of the classics like Witch With Flying Head
haven't got an English-language release, not even through less than legal sources.
See also: The Eternal Evils of Asia
, a broader list on SE Asian occult horror.
“ aka Witches
Going by the name it features the related creature, the manananggal, differing from the krasue in that it comes apart at the waist. However, it is close enough to count for the purposes of this list.
The early date is also impressive. ” - Mighty_Emperor
“ Just going by the name. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Fei tou mo nu
A woman who has been cursed by a witch must rip off her head every night so it can fly around, attack people and drink their blood, which keeps her alive. (92 mins.)
“ aka Witch With Flying Head
aka Witch With Flying Head ” - Mighty_Emperor
Mystics in Bali
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... (116 mins.)
“ aka Mystics in Bali ” - Mighty_Emperor
Indonesia is a country in turmoil. The people are poor and oppressed by the Dutch Government. However... (92 mins.)
“ About a magical warrior who can detach his head to fight his opponent. ” - Mighty_Emperor
While in Thailand to avenge his brother who was crippled in a fight with a corrupt Thai boxer, a man gets caught up in a web of fate, Buddhism and black magic. (105 mins.)
“ aka Boxer's Omen
This film has every strange thing they could think of thrown in and someone being attacked by a magical flying head is far from the strangest thing in the movie. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Operation Pink Squad II
A police sting takes place in a haunted apartment building. The sting goes bad when a female ghost crashes the party... (93 mins.)
Ban xian jiang
"Devil Sorcery" directed by Do Gong-Yue is an entertaining HK black magic film about a wizard who performs... (88 mins.)
In this ghastly revenge tale from the ancient past, Arawati, a Khmer princess, is forced to marry the conquering tyrant of the new Thai regime... (105 mins.)
A beautiful nurse started a new job in an old hospital. She is well-liked by her colleagues because of her graceful personality and sharp mind...