Halloween, like Christmas, isn't all about fun. It's not just about binge drinking and vomiting down city centre alleyways dressed up like a prostitute pretending to be a cartoon witch.
At this festive time Ulster Film Office chooses to address a social problem that still clings to all aspects of modern life – that of the exploitation of and objectification of women.
What better way then to open discussion on this issue than a screening of DANGEROUS SEDUCTRESS, the much lauded observation of feminist politics in mid 90s Indonesia cum terrifying horror film from the mind of Asia’s own Ken Loach, H Tjut Djalil.
As pertinent today as on it’s release, Djalil’s exposition of the redressing, if you will, of the balance of power and respect between men and women is cleverly nestled in the disturbing occult driven story of the beautiful sister of a blonde fashion model recently violently raped by her ex-partner and now possessed by a beautiful naked earth-demoness who is building a new beautiful naked body from the liquids she sucks from her male victims.
Although a thematically worthy companion piece to Fay Weldon’s LIFE AND LOVES OF A SHE DEVIL’, DANGEROUS SEDUCTRESS still sadly failed to pass the famous feminist Blechdel test, requiring the screenplay of a film to include a scene where two women spray blood at each other that hasn’t come from a male character.
Thought provoking viewing indeed.