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Rudi's return to horror dashes expectations

  • Rizal Iwan

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 9 2008   /  12:47 am

The Pocong films have got to be one of the more interesting franchises in modern Indonesian cinema. The first in the series, Pocong (The Shrouded Ghost), which marked acclaimed director Rudi Soedjarwo's first venture into the horror genre, did not even make it to the market, when the Film Censorship Board deemed its violent content not suitable for release. The people behind the film then used this unfortunate controversy for an intriguing marketing gimmick to promote its successor, Pocong 2, which cheekily put up "scarier than the banned Pocong" as its poster tag line. This strategy not only helped the film pull in a hefty number of viewers, but Pocong 2 garnered acclaims as a clever and heart-pounding scare that brought modern Indonesian horror to a new level. Rudi's by-then usual use of natural settings, non-ambitious lighting and handheld camerawork -- as a pa...