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not one of Indonesia's better horror movies, hurt by lengthy music-video type scenes, but still fun
I haven't seen many Indonesian horror movies, but I'd like to. Mondo Macabro has put out three on DVD: Mystics in Bali, Lady Terminator, and this one. With the real-life tsunami in the news, I couldn't help but wonder if the locations in this movie and the actors in it are OK.
Dangerous Seductress starts right off with action: thieves are racing away from cops. The driver keeps punching his passengers. They fire automatic weapons at the cops. They wind up in an accident near a cemetery, and one of them gets a finger cut off. The finger gets itself towards what looks like a compact mirror, which conjures up a dead witch or something like that. The finger's movement is pretty funny. It looks sort of like it is hopping forward on the fingertip, except the fingertip is never in touch with the ground - the finger is sort of floating. The special effects guy, in two separate extras on the DVD, stated that the way the finger moves is not what he had in mind, but that the Indonesians were in charge of it. I'm not sure if he had in mind for the finger to hop on the tip actually touching the ground, or to perhaps crawl like an inchworm. But the way it moves is pretty weird and memorable.
Meanwhile, a model is given an ancient book of Indonesian magic. I thought that was a strange gift to give a model! Her sister is getting raped and punched in the head by an abusive husband or boyfriend. She flees to join her model sister in Indonesia. Her sister must go to Bali for a photo shoot, and she is left at home with the book. Foolishly, she reads from it, which conjures the witch. She then starts seducing and killing men, occasionally consulting with the witch through a mirror.
I did enjoy this movie, but one aspect in particular was very hard to take. Pretty frequently, a song would come on and some sort of repetitious activity would sustain itself for the duration, like a music video. A photo shoot, or a 1980s-style montage of trying on one set of clothing after another, etc. There was a lot of this, and I wouldn't be surprised if it actually accounted for half the running time. I might have been able to handle this better if the characters actually started singing, but since this wasn't a musical, I wish they'd simply cut the scenes. Who were they meant to appeal to?
I liked Mystics in Bali a lot more, and Lady Terminator was better too, but this was still entertaining.
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