I couldn’t help myself. After writing about Impetigore yesterday, I had to write about another amazing Indonesian horror movie today. The Queen of Black Magic ROCKS. This one was also written by Joko Anwar. So now you can plan your Indonesian horror/Joko Anwar double feature with ease. You’re welcome. Here’s the brief synopsis from imdb.
Families were terrorized at the orphanage. Someone wants them dead, apparently with black magic that is very deadly. She has a grudge and she was also born because of the sins of the orphans who formed her into the Queen of Black Magic.
The Queen of Black Magic is just awesome. It starts at a heightened level, and just goes up from there. Like many of the other Indonesian films I’ve put on this list, it’s filled with striking and disturbing imagery. The scenes on the bus still haunt me. But then you also add in a creepy orphanage, lots of bugs, a weird videotape, and a whole slew of relentless gore (including a self mutilation scene that is gut wrenching), and you’ve got one hell of a ride. There is a slight mystery component too, but it’s less of a who done it, and more of a why done it. It’s fun to peel back the layers and unravel just how disturbing the whole background of the characters really is. This film is actually a remake of a 1981 Indonesian horror film of the same name. As a fun bonus, as you watch the closing credits, they show clips of that original movie. All in all, this is just a fun, bonkers, and scary Indonesian gem. Enjoy yourself.
Where to Watch: Streaming on Shudder and AMC+
Food/Drink Pairing: Some gummy worms and a mug of thick black coffee.