Dangerous Seductress – Movie Review
- Directed by H. Tjut Djalil
- Starring Kristin Anin (Ann), Tonya Lawson (Offer), Amy Weber, Joseph Cassano, John Warom and Simon Jonathan Wood
I may have found a new obsession in these oddball horror offerings from Indonesia, because between this and Mystics In Bali I’ve never been quite so puzzled and entertained at the same time.
The film opens with a rather comic chase as cops pursue jewel thieves in the middle of a getaway, during which the criminal leader constantly berates and punches the driver in the face until he finally crashes their vehicle, launching various severed limbs and body parts from the car. Spilled blood drips onto a compact thrown clear of the accident (presumably part of the theft? Maybe I blinked and missed something…), and a nearby severed finger (wearing a ring, again, part of the theft?) stands up (!) and hops over to the compact, which shuts and eats it! Cue thunder & lightning to indicate the resurrection of the skeletal remains of the Dangerous Seductress, or the Evil Queen (Weber) as she’s credited on the IMDB. Stop motion animation rebuilds half of her body, wailing all the while, and then she consumes a dog that tries to steal her shin bone (!), giving her more strength.
The Evil Queen has more power now, but can’t quite free herself of the grave, so she wails into the night, her naughty bits alight with awesome dated glowing effects. I’m not sure what the Indonesian standards are about nudity, but there’s none to be had in this film, in spite of how tawdry and obviously exploitative certain scenes are, it’s an interesting line they seem to draw.
Meanwhile, in LA we meet Suzy (Lawson/Offer), who waits at home for her hubby John, dinner on the table for their anniversary. He arrives home, gives her a ring as her gift, then turns bizarrely violent and rapes her on the wrecked dinner table for no real reason.
She manages to batter him unconscious and goes on the run, contacts her sister Linda (Anin/Ann), who is living in Jakarta and working as a model. Linda thinks she’s just calling because it’s her (Linda’s) birthday, but quickly invites her sis to stay with her and get away from her abusive relationship. To keep the plot moving, Linda is inexplicably gifted with an ‘ancient Sumatran text’, which just sounds like bad news when you say it; much less own the damned thing. Suzy makes her way to Jakarta, where she meets Linda’s boyfriend Bob (Warom) and settles in at Linda’s place a bit before Linda has to leave for Bali for a photo shoot. Left to her own devices bumping around the big empty house, Suzy finds and begins reading aloud from the Sumatran Digest Condensed Witchcraft that she finds laying about, awakening the Evil Queen, complete with her hilariously glowing nipples and ass crack.
The Evil Queen appears to Suzy in the mirror and possesses her to use her body for acquiring sustenance. This is followed by the 90’s sax filled montage of Suzy dressing for seduction, and I howled with delight as the chorus of the song actually uses to title of the film in the lyrics, a trend that’s been largely abandoned nowadays. Suzy hits the club scene, using her natural beauty to attract a guy, then later her witchcraft to dispose of his hanger-on buddy who wants to follow them home like some kind of desperate cock-blocker who can’t take a hint.
Suzy’s sex-play with the guy includes slashing at his chest with a fish hook that she grabs from a nearby fishing rod display on his boat; he seems a helluva lot less fazed than he should be, regardless of how hot this broad is. She kills him and takes his blood for her sustenance, meanwhile I marvel at the guy’s scrawny 14-yr-old looking body; I was under the impression he was meant to be a 20-something businessman, not a high-school freshman.
We break for a bikini shoot montage with sister Linda, who calls to check up on Suzy, then more of Suzy on the hunt for new victims in the dead guys’ Mercedes convertible, because being an Evil Queen is evidently synonymous with not knowing the meaning of the words ‘low profile’. Sgt. Dotty (Wood) is also lurking around the corners, following up on his jewelry heist and convinced that there’s more going on in Linda’s house than anyone is aware of. He doesn’t know the half of it.
The film was made in 1992, but manages a gloriously corny 80’s feel, presumably because we weren’t far enough into the decade for grunge to have taken hold of the styles and moods. This film is filled with fun, cheesy montages and terrible fashions, well worth a look for one guy alone: a salmon colored shirt tucked into high-waisted, acid washed Mom-jeans, it’s a sight to behold yet Suzy still puts the moves on him!
These films from Mondo Macabro are sort of hard to review, because the low budget, bad effects, all of that sounds as though you should avoid the film, but I find them to be the very things that recommend it instead. The charm is the silliness, the fact that you can easily see strings pulled here or there, it’s such a deliriously strange experience, what’s not to love? If you go into this type of film not expecting to take it seriously, this will be a helluva lot of fun.
Give it a rental at the very least; see if this is your kind of thing.
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