FILM REVIEW: SATAN’S SLAVES (PENGABDI SETAN)
I am a big fan of international horror movies. One coming out of Indonesia is particularly creepy. Satan’s Slaves, a Shudder exclusive is a creep-worthy ghost story with a subtle twist on the zombie genre.
After the death of their ailing mother strange occurrences begin. The family is confronted with horrors that they don’t understand but begin to piece together after reading a letter meant to be sent before her death.
The story is original. It’s not convoluted or meant to be very stylized. Writer and Director Joko Anwar chose to tell us a story in a straight forward manner that is effective through the superb acting of the stellar cast.
All the players in this film give a natural and authentic performance as a tight knit family plagued by terror. I appreciated the nuances and familial moments Anwar threw in to show the normalcy of a family banding together during trauma and then terror. So many horror movies lack this touch, losing its veracity.
The film is scary if not terrifying from the beginning to the end. Without the Hollywood glitz and glam a true horror story shines. We can have easily been in this family’s shoes. We believe the story and thats ultimately the best compliment a Director can receive.
It is worth the mention that Pengabdi Setan 2017 is a reboot of an 80s film of the same name.
Title: Pengabdi Setan
Director: Joko Anwar
Release Date: September 2017
Casts: Tara Basro, Ayu Laksmi, Bront Palarae, Egy Fedly, Fachry Albar