THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC (1982, RATU ILMU HITAM) – Episode 254 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“Men are all liars! Men are animals! All the people here deserve to die! Especially Permana and Baidah. I swear on the devil’s in hell. Tonight I will kill everyone in this village.” When a witch is abused in a relationship, they don’t mess around. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr along with guest host Scott Wells – as they discuss this influential Indonesian horror film, The Queen of Black Magic (1982).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 254 – The Queen of Black Magic (1982)

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A woman is accused of being a witch and is thrown to her death over a cliff. However, a strange man rescues her, nurses her back to health, and she is told that she must master black magic to exact vengeance on her tormentors.

Many of you may not have seen or heard of this early Eighties Indonesian horror picture, The Queen of Black Magic (1981). Also known as Ratu Ilmu Hitam (original title) and Black Magic 3, the film was loosely remade by Kimo Stamboel and Joko Anwar in 2019. Does this tagline entice you? “He seduced and destroyed her. Now, she would make them pay!” Join the Grue Crew and special guest host Scott Wells as they dive into this Indonesian classic about fickle love affairs, vengeance, and black magic!

At the time of this writing, The Queen of Black Magic is available to stream from YouTube. You can view a subtitled version here: The Queen of Black Magic

You can take in the Gruesome Magazine review of the loose remake from Kimo Stamboel and Joko Anwar here.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film in our Grue Believer Celebration Shenanigans month, as chosen by guest host Renee St. Aubin, will be The Beastmaster (1982). Let’s do it!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.