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After watching Dangerous Seductress (1992) last night, I'm curious as to cinematic guidelines in Indonesia (where the film was made) with regards to the showing of skin, as there were plenty of opportunities to display some much needed female nekkidness, but the movie always stopped just short, which seemed strange especially since there was so much in terms of the objectification of women within the film...as far as the wanton display of violence goes, there seemed to be little restriction on that aspect, given the buckets of blood tossed around throughout...violence good...nekkid women bad...it's a crazy go nuts world we live in...written and directed by H. Tjut Djalil (Mystics in Bali, Lady Terminator), the film stars the buxom, blonde duo of Tonya `38-26-35' Lawson (All Babes Want to Kill Me) and Kristin Anin, whose measurements were unavailable at the time this was written...also appearing is Amy Weber, whom I last encountered in a much worse film than this called Starforce (2000).
The film begins with a police car in high-speed, hot pursuit of three, heavily armed criminals in another vehicle, all wearing pantyhose on their heads, indicating they just pulled some sort of heist. The guy riding shotgun seems visibly upset, especially since he keeps slugging the driver (probably not the best idea, given he's the one driving), and it turns out he's upset because the driver shot a police officer, which, apparently, has now put them in the position of where they are, being pursued by the cops. The bullets fly, various individuals get shot, and the crooks keep changing cars between scenes...er, no, wait...I think we've got some continuity issues here...the car is white, the car is pink, the car is white...whatever...the crooks end up wreaking the car in front of a house occupied by a woman named Linda (Anin), where they eventually bite the big one due to their injuries (and bullet wounds)...leaving behind a severed finger from one of the dead men, as officials clear the scene. Turns out the crooks ended up buying the farm near some ancient burial ground, and their blood, along with the severed finger, has triggered the reconstitution of something evil, some sort of demon/vampire/witch with electric nipples (no foolin'), played by Ms. Weber (watch as a stray dog tries to steal one of her bony legs), who calls herself the Queen of Darkness. Soon after this Linda's having a birthday party in he house, and she's given a gift by a guest she didn't know (he's a friend of a friend) in that of an ancient text about mystic mumbo jumbo...the guy is some sort of archeologist, and found the tome on one of his expeditions...great gift for someone you don't even know, a priceless religious artifact...idiot. Next we go to Los Angeles where we meet Susan (Lawson), who turns out to be Linda's sister. Seems Susan's having relationship problems (her husband/boyfriend/whatever likes to beat on her), so she runs off to Indonesia to stay with Linda. Linda goes off on business, and a bored Susan reads from the ancient text, inadvertently releases the evil spirit which possesses Susan, giving her supernatural powers (think Scott Baio in the movie Zapped!) to which she uses to kill many men in gruesome and usual ways. In the end it comes down to a battle royale (literally) of good against evil...
There is just a whole lot of stuff going on in this film, too bad much of it is unrelated...well, it's supposed to be, but because of a lack of continuity, it can be hard to tell what's going on, how things relate to each other until one of the actors actually says something that gives meaning to the purpose of the scene or the character...for instance, the introduction of Linda's sister Susan. We didn't know who the heck she was, or what her role was, until well after her character appeared on screen. There's a lot of this initial confusion throughout as aspects are introduced with little or no pretext. The acting is pretty lousy throughout, not helped by some especially lame dialog, both being something I pretty much expected, so I can't complain too much. Something I will gripe about is the fact that nearly a third of the movie involved some sort of useless filler sequences (helicopter montage shots, extended disco dancing sequences, models posing for a photographer) so this tended to really drag the film down in some areas, but at least they served well to draw away from the numerous, icky, quasi-sex scenes (Ms. Lawson is shown a great many times in lingerie making out with scrawny men of both Asian and Caucasian decent clad in their tighty whiteys just before she kills them, her being possessed and all...wonderful...her psycho boyfriend/husband had a great build, though). And the women in this film...some were very attractive, but all had the look of being used and abused...damaged goods, so to speak, like the woman who tries to conceal the signs of an abusive relationship by using a lot of makeup. Also, it's good to see horrendous American 80s fashions and music alive and well throughout the world...gee, if there's so much wrong with this film, why'd I give it three stars (actually, I'd go with 2 ½ stars)? Well, I'll tell you...primarily due to the gonzo action and special effects. Some of reasoning or intent may not have made sense, but overall it was entertaining, in a really sleazy, haphazardly sort of way, if you like cheap, American-influenced, gonzo, unstructured, exploitive, Indonesian horror films.
The anamorphic, widescreen (1.85:1) picture provided by Mondo Macabro looks pretty decent, but does show some minor flaws occasionally. The audio, present in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo comes through relatively clean, equaling the quality of the picture. As far as special features, there is an interview with the director (14:49), an interview with SFX artist Steve Prouty (11:57), SFX commentary by Steve Prouty, a director filmography, a text piece titled Indo Exploitation-from Mystics in Bali to Michael Bay, and also a montage of other Mondo Macabro releases.