Indonesian Cine-insanity

I’ve chosen the next feature I would like to include in a midnight movie lecture next year: Lady Terminator.  It’s one of the best examples of the crazy cinema from Indonesia during a golden age of exploitation cinema that country’s film producers gave the world from 1969-1992 or so.

When you watch the film, you’ll understand how it could have been made under Indonesia’s particular circumstances. Having practically no film industry during the first 16 years of independence (1949-1965), the floodgates burst wide open with the coup of General Suharto in 1965.

Suharto compelled film theater owners and distributors to produce one domestic film for every three films they imported.  Needless to say, if you wanted to invest the money on films with local stars instead of international superstars, you had to steal ideas –and plenty were stolen. However, this plagiarism didn’t happen without native influence as you’ll see in the trailer for Lady Terminator (aka Nasty Hunter). Her ascension is due to a curse from the  South Sea Queen.

The other two contenders for the lecture/screening were Mystics in Bali:

and finally, Virgins from Hell.  All of them pretty wild entertainment.

 

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