The Queen of Black Magic (2019) reviews and overview

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The Queen of Black Magic is a 2019 Indonesian horror feature film about three families being terrorised by the titular entity.

Directed by Kimo Stamboel (DreadOut; Macabre; Takut: Faces of Fear) from a screenplay written by Joko Anwar (Impetigore; Satan’s Slaves), Ratu Ilmu Hitan (original title) stars Hannah Al Rashid, Ario Bayu, Adhisty Zara aka Zara JKT48 and Muzakki Ramdhan. The film re-uses the title of the 1981 Indonesian movie starring Suzzanna about a witch that took vengeance on her oppressors, however, the plot is different.


Hanif takes his wife Nadya and their three children to the orphanage where he was raised. The caretaker of the orphanage, Mr Bandi, is very old and seriously ill. Two of Hanif’s best friends from when they were living at the orphanage, Anton and Jefri, also came with their wives.

The families intend to spend the night to pay their respects to those who have cared for them since childhood. They thought it would be a peaceful night. They were wrong.

The guests have strange experiences. Some are terrorised by the things they fear the most. Meanwhile, the children begin to see a ghostly crippled woman. Victims began to fall, one by one from them. Either lost or dead.

Someone wants them dead. She has a grudge. She was created by the sins of the orphans who formed her into the Queen of Black Magic!

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Let’s just say Ratu Ilmu Hitam wins the Indonesian horror of the year just like Kafir did it last year for some reasons: good writing, near-perfect sound design, proportional jump scare (seriously, they’re in good places), no jokes, classy villain and… most importantly… it’s scary…” Jakarta Cinema Club

“Not a film for the squeamish or the easily shocked, The Queen of Black Magic reflects back on Stamboel’s earlier films such as The Killers and Anwar’s Ritual. Dark, nasty, and very violent. It’s worth tracking down and seeing.” Voices from the Balcony

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Ratu Ilmu Hitan was released by Screenplay Films in Indonesian cinemas on 7th November 2019.

Cast and characters:

Hannah Al Rashid … Nadia
Ario Bayu … Hanif
Adhisty Zara … (as Zara JKT48)
Ari Irham … Sandy
Muzakki Ramdhan
Shenina Cinnamon
Giulio Parengkuan
Tanta Ginting
Miller Khan … Jefri
Salvita Decorte … Lina
Imelda Therinne
Ade Firman Hakim
Sheila Dara Aisha … Siti
Putri Ayudya
Ruth Marini … Suzzanna

Production companies:

Rapi Films

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