|21 05 13: Aorta Burst Film Club|
Aorta Burst is back at the Roxy Bar and Screen this May with a double bill of fantastical horror fantasies exploring the rich and crazy mythology of Indonesian folklore. Featuring unforgettable effects ranging from the hysterical to the putrescent, this Burst is a visceral, vibrant evening of South-East Asian lunacy.
Our first film is 1981's MYSTICS IN BALI (Leák), often regarded as the quintessential rarely-seen Asian cult movie. When American researcher Cathy Kean travels to Indonesia to bone up on the local magic, she strikes up a lopsided friendship with a local priestess whose thirst for blood incorporates a wild variety of bodily transformations that sees both women terrorise an entire village. An endearingly insane experience, which was originally banned in its home country, MYSTICS IN BALI unleashes one of the most terrifying of Indonesia's mythic denizens on the world in the form of the Penanggalan, a vampiric floating head trailing its organs with a special interest in unborn children!
Between the features, we will explore the incredibly creative output of Eighties Indonesia in the AORTA BURST CLIP TRIP, a bizarre super collision of cultural education and improv idiocy. From indigenous customs to Western influenced weirdness, the CLIP TRIP will scar your mind with a collection of captivating oddities!
1982's SNAKE QUEEN (Nyi Blorong) is our closing film, the apex action-horror of the Snake Queen series. Based on the legend of the 'Nyai Roro Kidul', the daughter of the Queen of the South Sea is half beautiful woman, half lustful serpent. Indonesian horror starlet Suzzanna is the amorous titular SNAKE QUEEN, offering vast riches in exchange for human blood in a deal so unfair it would make Mephistopheles blush. Demonstrating the dazzing combination of regional specifity with scenes of outrageous crowd-pleasing wonder, the SNAKE QUEEN is
the perfect way to climax an evening of extraordinary cinema.
Aorta Burst will also be providing the latest issue of the new high-quality Burst Zine featuring new artwork, writing and a folkloric bestiary free of charge for the first 50 people. And the whole evening will set you back just £3!