A retarded man
named Parta - played by Indonesian comic Mr Oss [see pic,below center]
- makes a deal with a witch. She agrees to transform him into a rich,
attractive womanizer but (in exchange) he must promise to never marry
and be faithful to only her. But Parta soon forgets his oath when
he finds Eka, the girl of his dreams, and starts planning a wedding.
They celebrate their engagement by hitting the sack and doing the
nasty. But in the middle of their sexual union, Parta transforms into
a disgusting snake-monster. Eka runs away but Parta continues to stalk
her and destroy any of her new boyfriends, terrorizing the entire
village with extreme bloody mayhem.
This is the legendary
- seldom seen - fantasy shocker, still banned from television in Southeast
Asian [essentially due to its anti-Muslim blasphemy]. Indonesian film
critic Bru Sutara wrote: "The actors are very serious at their
job. It should also be noted that the film incorporates martial arts,
particularly with the seemingly indestructible villain beating his
enemies into a bloody pulp. Let me remind you that this is not Oscar-nominated
material. You can expect a lot of awkward sex scenes, frantic disembowelment,
eye-gouging, neck-breaking, and kinky tongue-rape. BISIKAN
ARWAH is highly recommended to those who love unnerving, awkward
horror films from bygone era, films like QUEEN
OF BLACK MAGIC."
Burnama, born in 1947, got into the movie business as an actor in
the early '70s (under the pseudonym Jon Bierium). He switched to writing
and directing a decade later. Over the years, he has often used an
alias [making his filmography more difficult to compile]. For example,
he used the name Ostian Mogalana when directing MYSTERY
OF THE APE & HIS SIX MULTI-COLORED WARRIORS. Today, he
has left the big screen for TV work. Mr Burnama helms the popular
Indonesian series Angling Dharma, now in its 8th season.