MYSTICS IN BALI
H. Tjut Djalil
Indonesia/Australia, 1981, VO ANG, 86'
"Mystics in Bali" is called the 'holy grail of Asian cult cinema.' It's the film that introduced a new kind of vampire to the world's cinema screens. A sensation on its initial release in Asia, "Mystics in Bali" was deemed too bizarre and shocking to be screened in the west.
The film tells the story of a young American woman who goes to Asia in search of the secrets of ancient magic. One night in the forest, she encounters a female member of the terrifying cult of Leyak. She agrees to become the Leyak's disciple and begins to indulge in many strange and savage rites. But the Leyak witch has secret plans for her young acolyte. Plans that culminate in one of the most bizarre and shocking scenes in all horror cinema.
Preceded by an introduction by Vanessa Morgan, author of the book "Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies".