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Mystics in Bali (1981)

Leák (original title)
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. Tricked, Cathy is turned into a ... See full summary »

Director:

H. Tjut Djalil

Writers:

Putra Mada (novel), Jimmy Atmaja (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilona Agathe Bastian Ilona Agathe Bastian ... Catherine 'Cathy' Kean
Yos Santo Yos Santo ... Mahendra
Sofia W.D. Sofia W.D. ... Old Leák Queen (as Sofia WD)
W.D. Mochtar W.D. Mochtar ... Machesse
Debbie Cinthya Dewi Debbie Cinthya Dewi ... Young Leák Queen
Itje Trisnawati Itje Trisnawati
Ketut Suwita Ketut Suwita
Dis I Gusti Ngurah Lanang Jugutkarana Dis I Gusti Ngurah Lanang Jugutkarana ... (as Drs I Gusti Ngurah Lanang Jagat Karana)
Teddy Riady Teddy Riady
I Gusti Ngurah Oka Ayajimbaran I Gusti Ngurah Oka Ayajimbaran ... (as I Gusti Ngurah Oka Aryajimbaran)
Dis I Gusti Lanang Agung Iswara Dis I Gusti Lanang Agung Iswara ... (as Drs I Gusti Lanang Agung Iswara)
Gusti Ngurah Futra Wiryanata Gusti Ngurah Futra Wiryanata ... (as I Gusti Ngurah Putra Wiryanata)
Atikah Atikah
Ida Ayn Trisnawati Ida Ayn Trisnawati
Luh Putu Triyata Luh Putu Triyata
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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. Tricked, Cathy is turned into a Penanggalan; a flying vampire with internal organs hanging from her neck. It is now up to the local holy men who are then enforced to do battle with the forces of evil. Written by Cinema_Fan

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She sold her soul to possess the secrets of black magic... (Mondo Macabro USA DVD release) See more »


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Country:

Indonesia | Australia

Language:

Indonesian

Release Date:

1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystics in Bali See more »

Filming Locations:

Negara, Indonesia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first true Indonesian horror film aimed at a western audience. See more »

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One of the men on the council Machesse leads says that the flying head was said to have light-colored hair (which would mean that she is a foreigner). However, she actually has dark hair. See more »

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Worth seeing for the dated, but disturbing effects
9 September 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Finally tracked down a copy of this gruesome horror story about a young woman who wants to learn the black arts of Bali. She does and becomes a vampire in the process.

To be honest this isn't a very good film. Its okay, and were it not for the vampire, this film would be long forgotten. The first 40 or so minutes are mostly endless talk as the woman finds a teacher and then learns the magic. When the master sends her out in her vampire form to get the blood of newborns for her, all hell breaks loose. These sequences are the reason the movie exists, the very non-western vision of a vampire on the prowl. They are creepy. There is something disturbing about the sequences even when you can see how they were done (which is very obvious).

After this the film plods along for another 50 minutes as teacher uses her pupil for vile ends while her boyfriend and his family try to free her from the evil.

That sounds more interesting then it is. Its rather dull with only the magic/vampire scenes being of any real interest. Frankly while they are low or no budget, they are effective and make this film worth renting for those who love horror films. Just don't expect to be feeling scared or singing the praises of anything other than the beasties.

6.5 out of 10


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