Mondo Macabro // 1992 // 90 Minutes // Unrated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // December 10th, 2004
Sleep with her...and you sleep forever.
Mondo Macabra offers this latest sampling of delectable B-movie trash from Indonesia, dealing with a headless, blood-lusting, undead naked evil queen and her quest for world domination. I know what you're thinking -- "You had me at 'Indonesia.'"
The film opens with a rip-roaring car chase scene, as a car full of thieves is fleeing the cops. Automatic weapons fire is traded back and forth, and tire rubber is laid, steaming, on the road. Eventually, the bad guys' car explodes in a plume of blood and severed limbs, thereby dispensing of the crooks in gruesome fashion. A well-placed glass shard severs one poor schlub's finger, which happens to be carrying a magic ring. The finger comes to life, and very awkwardly gets up and starts walking over to a mysterious...uh...I think it's some kind of make-up compact.
With a burst of special effects and stop-motion animation, The Evil Queen (Amy Weber) springs forth from the ground, screaming, naked (though some mystical blue electricity is conveniently covering her titillating body regions), and ready for some evil!
Meanwhile, Susan (Tonya Offer) has fled from L.A. and an abusive relationship to seek solace with her sister Linda in Bali. Overcome with shame and embarrassment, she does what any victim of domestic violence would do -- she starts to read incantations out of a strange occult book.
The chants summons The Evil Queen to Susan's bedroom mirror, where the devil-spawn diva makes a deal with the estranged girlfriend: in exchange for allowing the Queen in all her evilness to commandeer Susan's body for a sex and killing spree, thus allowing Her Royal Highness of Evil to suck all kinds of blood and become corporeal again, Susan will live forever.
Not sensing any catches to the deal (and really, who could?), Susan jumps on board, and The Evil Queen takes over at the controls. Susan/Queen dresses up as a skank and hits the town, stalking and seducing a steady stream of gaunt, unattractive men, then wasting them, bringing her closer and closer to the physical realm.
The only folks who can stop her are Linda, Linda's stud boyfriend, and a wacky occult specialist. Will they prevail, or will The Evil Queen return to conquer the world and subject the entirety of the human race to -- ah, forget it. Of course they prevail.
Here we have another low-budget horror movie courtesy of H. Tjut Tjalil, the genius behind Lady Terminator. Both films share a similar plot involving big-breasted, unstoppable killing machines, ultra-cheesy special effects, and lots of gunfire and explosions. But Dangerous Seductress is not nearly as trashy as its sister film. Despite the suggestive title, and the fact that the plot revolves around a trashy woman trying to bang as many schmucks as she can, the flick is 100% nudity-free.
You hornballs hoping to catch sight of a disrobed Amy Weber (a staple of WWE telecasts), or a glimpse of the pair of basketballs Tonya Offer has crammed in her shirt, will go away hot and bothered.
But for you connoisseurs of laughably bad exploitation horror and cheap gore, Dangerous Seductress might scratch your itch. The finer moments come from the Queen's resurrection, with a nifty "re-fleshing" of her skeleton (preceded by the hilarious "finger-walking" episode) followed by a messy dog decapitation. From then on, losers meet their maker, courtesy of fishing spears and runaway meat hooks and inexplicable vampire feeding.
"Inexplicable" is a good word to describe what happens story-wise in this movie. Why does the finger walk? What's with the lightning-bikini? Why is there a floating Queen head? What is the significance of all the mirrors? You'll ask yourselves these questions -- and more! -- but you won't really care about the answers. (And you won't get any, for that matter.)
Dangerous Seductress is perfectly happy being a schlocky gore-fest, while maybe trying to project some kind of message of female empowerment. Hey, if that means seeing more ugly-ass kids getting impaled and decapitated, project away! This then is the value of Dangerous Seductress: a bad, bad movie that you can harangue until the cows come home.
Mondo Macabra really does a fine job with the discs. A 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is solid, if not dated, and the stereo mix does its job well enough. Sure there's plenty that could be done to improve both picture and sound quality, but who cares. This isn't a flick Best Buy would use to show off its A/V equipment.
There are more features than this dopey movie probably deserves, but it's appreciated nonetheless. Steve Prouty, the special effects guy for the film, receives a spotlight featurette, and delivers a self-deprecating commentary on some of the movie's gore shots. Also included is an interview with the director, some text history on Indonesian exploitation, and trailers. Not a bad line-up.
Straight-up garbage, but in a fun way, Dangerous Seductress keeps the flesh to a minimum, but delivers the gore goods. If you don't let yourself be fooled by the misleading title, you should be alright.
Guilty of Low-Budget Crappiness in the third-degree, but given probation on account of its cheese factor.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Mondo Macabro
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 1992
MPAA Rating: Unrated
* Indonesian Exploitation Essay
* Interview with the Director
* Spotlight on Steve Prouty
* SFX Commentary