Catherine, an American interested in the exotic world of Asian magic, learns the secrets of becoming a Leyak. Now that she has been shown the secrets of a forbidden and rarely seen world will she ever be able to return to the life she once knew?
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More ridiculous than an episode of Power Rangers!; laden with bad English dubbing!; so much cackling! This movie is something alright. It's not good, it makes no sense, but it is a hell of a lot of fun!
Despite the atrocious pacing and the fact that the female lead is as stiff and lifeless as a corpse, this IS essential 'weird world' cinema full of bizarro special effects that are so imaginative and out there that you can forgive their low budget awkwardness. Flying heads with dangling intestines! Cackling witches shape-shifting into pigs, snakes and balls of fire! They don't make em like these anymore.
Like Djalil's later-day, Lady Terminator, this is a bad film. However, unlike that film that's entertaining as hell, this is much more squarely a bad film (even if it's charming, but less so.) Perhaps the director did not fully embrace his trash-art side, as even if it was accidental with Lady Terminator, it didn't 'feel' accidental. Mystics in Bali has fun moments, but it spends too much time feeling serious.
An academic tourist demands that her Indonesian boyfriend introduce her to powerful black magic. She encounters a cackling witch who sounds and looks like a frighteningly ugly Jim Henson character. Djalil's story makes sense within the context of its Indonesian supernatural theme, but unfortunately the narrative is repetitive, surprisingly slow, and nowhere near as entertaining in its awfulness as I had hoped.
The words weird and bizarre do not sum this Indonesian tale of witchcraft up!Based around a form of magic known as leak(the film had to be made on Java due to Bali locals unease)and is based on a novel by Putra Mada called "Leak Ngakak".Despite some original,but cheap special effects.Especially vampire flying heads and humanoid pigsThe plot is nonsensical and the two leads are more like reanimated corpses.I wonder ?