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Hello fear, goodbye jump scare: Terror -- the new buzz in Indonesian horror film

Josa Lukman and Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, October 25, 2019  /  05:08 pm
Hello fear, goodbye jump scare: Terror -- the new buzz in Indonesian horror film

New dawn: Joko Anwar's latest film, 'Perempuan Tanah Jahanam' (Impetigore), introduces thrilling psychological horror. (Courtesy of Base Entertainment/IMDb)

Indonesian horror is primarily known for its plethora of ghastly ghosts and supernatural mysticism, mirroring old beliefs deeply rooted in people until today – hence the high viewership despite lukewarm appraisal from critics over flaws in the storytelling department or poor execution. But Joko Anwar’s latest scare-fest, Perempuan Tanah Jahanam (Impetigore), switches it up a bit. Scare fest: 'Perempuan Tanah Jahanam', marketed internationally under the title ‘Impetigore’, attracted more than 500,000 moviegoers in the first days of its release in Indonesia. (Courtesy of Base Entertainment/IMDb) In the setting of a remote Javanese village, Maya (Tara Basro) and her friend Dini (Marissa Anita) search for fragments of the former’s past after a near-death experience in the big city. Little do they know that the village holds a terrible affliction and its denizen...