The Queen of Black Magic (2019) Movie Review

The Queen of Black Magic – Terrifying

Director: Kimo Stamboel

Writer: Joko Anwar (Screenplay)

Starring: Ario Bayu, Hannah Al Rashid, Adhisty Zara, Muzakki Ramdhan, Ari Irham, Ade Firman Hakim

Plot: Families were terrorized at the orphanage. Someone wants them dead, apparently with black magic that is very deadly. She has a grudge and she was also born because of the sins of the orphans who formed her into the Queen of Black Magic.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Queen of Black Magic starts when a family Hanif (Bayu), Nadya (Rashid), Dina (Zara), Haqi (Ramdhan) and Sandi (Irham) visit the orphanage where Hanif was raised meeting his best friends from the orphanage Anton (Ginting) and Jefri (Khan) as they come to pay respect to the man that helped raise them as he is seriously ill.

As the families look read to settle for the night, they start to experience terrifying events, which leads to them needing to work together to escape or face the very bleak outcome from the Queen of the Black Magic.

Thoughts on The Queen of Black Magic

Characters & Performances – Hanif is the husband and father that was raised in the orphanage, he is returning to pay his respects, but his journey there sees him involved in a car accident, which looks like it might have been just an animal, it isn’t, it does show him the shocking truth about what has happened in the orphanage, as he looks to save his children and remember what happened when he was younger. Nadya is the wife and mother that is left to fight to save her children after learning the shocking truth from inside the orphanage. We do get to meet the rest of their family with their youngest Haqi being involved in the biggest scare sequence, the other former orphans, as well as the Queen of Black Magic, that has been waiting for her chance to come back for people. The performances through the film are great, with the family feeling nature, while the reactions to the scares add fear.

StoryThe story here follows a family returning to an orphanage to pay respect to the man that raised one of them, meeting up with old friends before learning the orphanage is going to come back to haunt them, when we learn the truth about what happened here before. This is a story which will dive into the ghostly moments as we see a group of people being haunting by the past, which will see them getting different shocking moments with the spirit, each one leading up to the truth about what has caused them to return. We get a nice pace, which will give us a chance to meet everyone involved, before the scares start up, which will see the events mean something to what is happening. This story will get everything it deserves out of it, which will leave you both terrified and shocked along the way.

ThemesThe Queen of Black Magic is a horror that will give us plenty of scares, with spine tingling moments, which includes a young boy watching television, being the true highlight of fear in this film. Nearly the whole film is set in the orphanage, which is away from rescue, meaning the people are alone trying to escape the horror, we get some brilliant special effects, which are saved for later in the film, but give us an effected addition twist on what we would expect.

The Queen of Black Magic is an exceptionally scary horror film that will leave you quivering in fear.

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2020 – Y – Monster Hunters (2020) Movie Review

We are going under Y because of actress Yaz Canli appearing in the film.

Director: Brendan Petrizzo

Writer: Jeremy M Inman (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Sizemore, Anthony Jensen, Connie Jo Sechrist, Mark Valeriano, Jarrid Masse, Cherish Holland

Plot: When an alien prison ship crash lands and unleashes creature after creature in the California desert, they make quick work of the army that tries to stop them. Now, the only hope of stopping the aliens rests with a secret branch of the government specializing in alien weaponry. But with the team untested in actual combat, the battle for Earth will be brutal.

Tagline – The Deadilest Creatures In The Galaxy Just Crashed…On Earth

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Monster Hunters starts as we enter a world where aliens visit Earth all the time, some friendly others not so. The Alien Defence Unit monitors the visits looking to cover any threats the public would hear about. Colonel Mayweather (Sizemore) keeps everything in line, with LT Shepherd (Jensen) runs the unit that is getting a replacement in Specialist Stella Fairchild (Sechrist) who needs to learn the ropes, but a new alien has appeared, one that is going on rampage, which the unit the will need to stop before it is too late.

Thoughts on Monster Hunters

Characters – Colonel Mayweather runs the Alien Defence Unit from his office, he would be like to lead a battalion against the enemies, and knows his time is starting to come to an end, he has assigned the latest leader keeping the replacements to his approval. LT Shepherd is one of the men on the ground, he leads a small unit that will learn he is being replaced, he has years of experience against alien threats and isn’t going down without a fight. Specialist Stella Fairchild is the new replacement to Shepherd, she wants to bring her own ideas to the unit, showing she hasn’t ever dealt with an alien threat before. Bob is the tech genius that has been working with the technology for years, he holds the keys to stop the threat, as he gets to unleash the new weapons.

PerformancesTom Sizemore is one of the draws for the movie, the biggest name here and he does most of his work from one room without looking overly convincing. This is going to go for the whole cast, nobody is truly standout, but they are above what most people would expect from a Syfy channel movie.

StoryThe story here follows an Alien Defence Unit as they look to defend Earth from a new predatory alien species that is killing anything that comes in its path, while dealing with diplomatic decisions to bring in a younger leader. This is an easy to watch story, it is as simple as a group of military people needing to do battle with an unknown alien monster. This isn’t the deepest story, but it will pass the time and will not offend along the way, one of the more harmless entertaining storylines.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is plenty of fights between alien monsters and blood splatter which isn’t original, but works for the entertainment factory, with the sci-fi elements coming from the different monsters the unit must face.

SettingsThe film is set in a mountain range, which will show how easily the alien covered could happen with nobody around to see it.

Special EffectsThe effects are low budget and everything you would expect to see from a Syfy movie, most works for the film, not always looking the most believable.

Scene of the Movie – Come in Peace or Leave in Pieces.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – I was never saw if the aliens were meant to be a secret of not.

Final Thoughts Monster Hunters is a fun low budget action splatter fest which is easy to watch and enjoy.