Mystics in Bali is a 1981 Indonesian horror film directed by H. Tjut Djalil and based on the novel “Leák Ngakak” by Putra Mada. The original Indonesian title is “Mistik” or “Leyak”, but the film is also known as “Leák” in some territories and “Balinese Mystic” in Australia.
The film revolves around the Balinese mythology of the Leyak (Penanggalan) spirit and was originally banned in Indonesia. Nevertheless, pirated copies found their way onto VHS first locally and then internationally.
The film eventually gained cult status amongst horror fans worldwide; particularly after the proliferation of the internet where many reviews of it appeared prior to any DVD release.
H. Tjut Djalil was born in 1932, Banda Aceh, Indonesia. He is a director and writer, known for Lady Terminator (1989), Dangerous Seductress (1995) and Mystics in Bali (1981).