Monday, May 3, 2010
Perjanjian Dimalam Keramat (1991)
I've actually spent a lot of time watching great movies (even masterpieces) the last couple of days. Wonderful stuff, maybe movies that changes lifes. So I have idea why I need to force you to spend some time with Perjanjian Dimalam Keramat (I had to copy that titel, because it's impossible to remember the spelling) instead of, for example, Village of the Eight Gravestones. But this is a special movie. It's Indonesian, it starts the great fantastic and amazing Suzzanna... and is a rip-off on the worst Elm Street-movie ever, Renny Harlin's snooze-fest part A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master! But hang on, because this is a lot of fun... and I can say without any shame that this is a much more entertaining movie!
Suzzanna and a guy that looks very androgynous is a happy family with two cute kids and a big nice house. One night a couple of bad guys enters the house and massacres the whole family and their staff, bloody of course! Why? I have no idea, but there's a guy with glasses that obviously wants to take revenge for something, or steal their ground or take over some company. But beware! The spirit of Suzzanna is taken over by another spirit, a dead prisoner with a Freddy Krueger-glove - and now Suzzanna has the glove and starts her gory revenge on the killers, one by one...
Okey, this is actually the only movie you need to watch this week. Really. I'm not kidding you. Not that it's forgotten masterpiece or anything, but it's so damn entertaining that I wish it could have a proper widescreen special edition with commentary track by Suzzanna's ghost! What don't work is the part after the massacre, which is maybe... 25 minutes of talking, something that probably is a lot funnier with subtitles. But the rest, yeah, that's fun! Suzzanna - all dressed in pink, with bullet holes sprayed all over her, and a Freddy Krueger-glove goes on a rampage in a very funny wicked way. She seem to enjoy the part a lot, and do it totally over-the-top - and it works so well. All the kill-scenes (I guess, it was a while since I watched Renny Harlin's movie) is copied here, and is cheaper and not on a dream, which makes them very strange. It's not overly gory, but there's couple of very bloody scenes (the scene when a person is transformed to an insect is here, but this time it's a crab!) and always a lot fun visual solutions to the sequences.
More scenes that you will recognize is the beach-stuff when the gloves comes up on the beach like shark underneath the sand and a much cheaper version of the Freddy-in-motorcycle sequence. To my delight the martial arts in the end is quite good, though it's quite visible that it's two male stuntmen in female clothes that do the fighting.
Perjanjian Dimalam Keramat is a very charming and fun rip-off, has some gore and a Suzzanna in top-form. This is a must for lover of Indonesian exploitation and you weirdos that need a new twist on the Elm Street-saga!