Born of Fire

1987

Drama / Fantasy / Horror / Sci-Fi

7
IMDb Rating 6 10 248

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Peter Firth as Paul Bergson
Peter Penry-Jones as The Manager
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Reviewed by dawoudkringle 7 / 10

Sufi Horror

This movie had the honor of being the world's first and only Islamic horror movie. Horror films I've seen from Pakistan and other Muslim countries were little more than rip-offs of Western horror. But this one delves into Islamic mysticism. We are taken into the world of the Djinn (spirits) and Shaytan (devils). Quotes from the Qur'an and Sufi poet / master Jallaludin Rumi and "dhikr" (rememberence / chants) by Bilal the Muezzin change the total feel of this movie to one that, unlike Western horror movies, owes nothing to the Christian tradition. There were some flaws. Some of the symbolism got a little strange and obscure, and baffling inserts made some of the editing a bit amateurish. But all in all its a good movie. Perhaps some other director will make a movie that shows the essence of Islamic spirituality.

Reviewed by osloj 8 / 10

Born of Fire

Born of Fire (1983) is pushed as being an "Islamic horror movie" but it has nothing to do with horror. Far from it, it's more of an opaque, religious/surrealist art film. What it is, is a metaphorical journey that examines the duality of good and evil in man.

A Flautist (Peter Firth) is having dreams of the end of the earth, he meets up with a bewildering astronomer (Suzan Crowley) who predicts the eruption of fire that will destroy the earth.

The locations in Turkey resemble some far away planet, complete with odd caves and strange mountains formed by wind and water. There's not much dialog, which helps tremendously in the amorphous and obscure details.

The Master Musician fills in as a tempter or crudely, a "devil", who lives in a fire cave underground. Nabil Shaban as The Silent One is an interesting character, as he is deformed but kind at heart.

The scenes have a strange artistic merit, especially to note is a skull transposed over a bleak moon. The film is along the lines of Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain (1973), El topo (1970)), Andrzej Zulawski (Na srebrnym globie (1988) On the Silver Globe (USA)) and Federico Fellini (Satyricon (1969)).

I didn't like the quotes from the Koran towards the end, as they diminish the enigmatical nature and reduce the ending to religious determinism. Other than that this is a unique and beautiful film.

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