QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC (2019) Joko Anwar's Remake | Kimo Stamboel
Indonesian title RATU ILMU HITAM [Queen of the Black Arts]
Kimo Stamboel writer: Joko Anwar
starring: Ario BAyu · Hannah Al Rashid · Imelda Therinne
· Miller Khan · Tantan Ginting · Salvita Decorte
[or 'reboots'] are risky endeavors, often missing the mark both critically
and commercially. But the extraordinary Joko Anwar has already proven
his ability to reconstruct legendary classics with his 2017 hit SATAN'S
SLAVES. Now, Anwar revisits the reservoir of Indonesian horror
to breathe new life into the old Suzzanna film QUEEN
OF BLACK MAGIC (1981). This time, however, he does not direct
the project; instead, that job goes to his associate Kimo Stamboel (MACABRE).
This powerhouse partnership delivers an astonishingly good,
well-paced horror film that crescendos into an explosion of gory mayhem
unmatched in most any other genre movie, ever. The story begins when three
men - Hanif, Anton and Jefri - take their families on a trip to a remote
orphanage where they spent their childhoods, to pay respect to elderly
Mr. Bandi, their former guardian, a man now on his death bed. But despite
the serene, nostalgic reunion, unsettling events begin to take place that
will whisk everyone into the horrifying depths of Hell.
Stamboel and Anwar take their time, slowly building
the tension (similar to Joko's FORBIDDEN
DOOR) before unleashing the stomach-churning climax full of slithery
centipedes, oozing gashes and gallons of blood.
Indonesian Film, with English subtitles; widescreen,
uncut (99 min.),
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected theatrical trailers.
Violence, Gore, Rape, Sexual Brutality
Recommended For Mature Audiences