This being the final post of this blog, I wanted to reach out and talk about two more countries in Asia with an unique horror industry; that being India and Indonesia.
- The “Golden Age” of Hindi Cinema during the 1940s-1960s (post independence); period here commercial cinema was thriving.
- Hollywood and European films popular through import market.
- Indian films known for borrowing set pieces and plots from other (foreign) films.
- Veerana (1983), tells about a young girl who gets possessed by a vengeful spirit.
Common stylistic elements of Indian horror:
- minimal characterization, little plot logic and continuity
- theatrical acting style
- excessive visuals, often include music/performance videos
In the “trailer” of Veerana, several of these visual motifs can be observed.
- Indonesia film industry first started by Dutch colonizers for propaganda purposes
- Later passed to Japan (1942) for the same propaganda purposes
- 1965-1966: anti-communist purge back by the U.S.
- 1970s – fall of censorship, emergence of cult and exploitation films
- Mystics in Bali (1981); story revolves around an American girl who joins a cult to learn about black magic.
Common stylistic elements:
- low budget, flashy effects; which represent the Indonesian awe of the spiritual world
These elements can be seen in the following clip:
*Edit 11/20/2015: Added video of Mystics in Bali
The Golden Age of Hindi Cinema: http://www.dawn.com/news/1161924
Review of Mystics in Bali: http://www.1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsh-m/mysticsinbali.htm