31 Nights of Halloween Horror: Part 19 in a 31 part series. Join me for 31 nights of horror reviews in the month of October. Every night we’ll take a look at a different horror film, some old and some new. Tonight we’re talking about:
The Queen of Black Magic
Dir. Liliek Sudjio
You really haven’t seen anything until you’ve watched the movies that come out of Southeast Asia. Whether it is the Blood Island series from The Philippines or Mystics in Bali from Indonesia, Southeast Asia offers some of the wildest stuff you will ever see on film. Lots of times their stories deal with local legends and folklore, and what ever zaniness they entail, they put up on the screen. Whether it is a head flying around with their entrails intact or giant green monsters ravaging women to be sacrificed, these movies offer it all and more. Never boring and always wild. The Southeast Asian film is a creature all unto itself. Tonight’s entry, The Queen of Black Magic, is one of those films.
Murni, played by Indonesia starlet Suzzana, hooks up with Kohar who turns out to be a total dick. He feeds her a line of bullshit that they will be together forever and then takes her virginity from her. Afterwards Kohar decides to go marry the daughter of the leader of the village instead. See I told you, a dick.
On their wedding day, Kohar’s bride to be gets morbid visions and starts freaking out during the ceremony. They believe she has been cursed and Murni is to blame. So Kohar whips together a mob and they head out to lynch Murni, by throwing her off a cliff. Miraculously she survives and is cared for by a hermit who teachers her the ways of Black Magic to get revenge on those that did her wrong, and boy does she ever.
If seeing someone being covered by a swarm of bees, having the veins in your arms and head erupt, drowning in water, and having slugs crawl out your face or tear your own head off seems something you would want to see, let me tell you my friend, do I have the movie for you. Wait? Go back? What was the last thing I said? Yes you heard me. A guy tears his own head off in beautiful gory bloody detail. If that is not enough, once his head is detached it flies through the air and bites someone. I kid you not. You need to see this shit to believe it.
Despite the unbelievability that is going on in this film, it is actual a good movie on top of it all. Yes, it is poorly dubbed, but that adds to the fun factor. There are some nicely framed shots, especially when the silhouette of Murni is doing black flips against a full moon as part of her Black Magic training. The acting isn’t too bad and I have seen worse effects attempted in American movies today. The movie flows pretty good without any real down time and features a pretty comprehensive story about right and wrong with a positive message at the end. From a country not widely known for their film industry this is a pretty impressive entry.
If you think you have seen it all, do yourself a favor and check out The Queen of Black Magic. If you like this then take a step up to Mystics in Bali, one of the craziest movies I have ever seen. Flying severed heads with entrails intact sucking newborn babies out of women’s vaginas. Yup you heard me. It happens. But you can’t just jump into something like that. You need to work your way up to that level, you need to earn it and The Black Magic Queen is where you can start. You can thank me later, I’ll be here.