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5 Best Indonesian Horror Movies

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08, December 2017


In Indonesia, horror is a very popular movie genre. Horror became one of the most demand ticket sales in cinemas, but only few Indonesian horror movies get success. Even so, there are some best Indonesian horror movies you should watch. Check these out!

1. Jelangkung
Looking for the supernatural, 4 young people, Ferdi (Winky Wiryawan), Gita (Melanie Ariyanto), Gembol (Rony Dozer), and Soni (Harry Pantja) start investigating urban legends in Jakarta such as the haunted Rumah kentang. Not satisfied with their findings, they head for a more challenging phenomenon situated at Angkerbatu, West Java. One of them brings a ouiji board-type toy called "Jelangkung" to call spirits which changes their life upon returning to Jakarta.

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2. Pocong 2
One proved to be an all Indonesian favorite ghoulies of all time, pocong. The scariest, most intimidating, and unpredictable ghost there is, to even speak of the name shivers the lot of us.

The film itself tells about Maya (Revalina S. Temat) and her younger sister Andin (Risty Tagor) are orphans since a year back and have just started to move on with their lives. Maya is getting married to her boyfriend (Ringgo Agus Rahman) soon and Andin is afraid that Maya will forget about her. To patch things up with her sister, Maya decides to buy Andin her own apartment now that she's starting college and has to take care of herself. What she doesn't know is that the building is haunted and the terrifying ghost starts to haunt Andin.

Originally, there was a prequel Pocong (2006), which is why this movie is called Pocong 2 (2006). The prequel was banned due to its strong violence, and because it took a theme from real-life 1998 Indonesian riot in which many people of Chinese descent were raped and killed. SinemArt then decided to make a sequel with the same director to make up for the loss. As the first movie is banned and unable to recoup its production cost, director Rudy Soedjarwo shot this in seven days to cut down the budget.

3. Rumah Dara
Rumah Dara, retitled Macabre for its English release. The movie was remade completely and starred Shareefa Daanish and Julie Estelle. It was shown at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) in South Korea back in 2009, where Shareefa won a Best Actress award. 

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The film tells about a group of people travelling by car to the airport, when along the road, they meet a beautiful woman named Maya. The story unfolds as the group of travelers attempts to escape from a house which is owned by a mysterious lady named Dara and her family. The group is attacked with several types of weapons. The film is based on the short film Dara.

4. Danur
2017 sees some promising good horror movies from Indonesia and one of the many that catch the attention of the audience is “Danur : I Can See Ghosts”. The movie is the adaptation of a best selling novel created by Risa Saraswati titled “Gerbang Dialog Danur”. The news of the adaptation had many fans waiting with excitement since last year, and starting from March this year we finally see the final product directed by Awi Suryadi.

“Danur” tells about real-life story and experience from Risa Saraswati who could see ghosts since she was a child. She then befriended ghosts who were Dutch descents that she found on her grandma’s house. The movie adaptation sees Prilly Latuconsina reprise the role of the adult version of Risa.

The movie has some differences from the novel and the most drastic change is the number of the ghosts. Risa Saraswati befriended five little ghosts in real life named Peter, William, Hans, Hendrick, and Janshen. On the big screen, only Peter, William and Janshen appear.

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5. Pengabdi Setan (2017)
Pengabdi Setan (Satan’s Slave) is actually a remake of the renowned 1980s film with the same name by Sisworo Gautama Putra, a director known for making good scary movies. Written and directed by Joko Anwar, this remake is surely promising and slated.

The film itself, which starred Tara Basro, Endy Arvian, Nazar Anuz and Dimas Aditya, follows a family who loses a mother who had been sick for three years. The father later decides to work in the city and leaves the kids at home. Not long after, the children begin to feel that their mother has returned to the house.

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