Satan’s Slaves

If creepiness you seek, look no further. An old Indonesian house, shady silhouettes, and a fairly good ghost story make this one work quite well. In the Halloween spirit? This is one way to get there. And, as was the case so much in the 70’s, we have a modernized satanic element that usually freaks audiences out.

Satan’s Slaves (2017)
Pengabdi Setan (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 47min | Drama , Horror , Mystery | 28 September 2017 (Indonesia)
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After dying from a strange illness that she suffered for 3 years, a mother returns home to pick up her children.
Director: Joko Anwar
Writers: Joko Anwar, Sisworo Gautama Putra (based on a movie written by) | 3 more credits »
Stars: Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Dimas Aditya

Since this is an Indonesian film, I’m not familiar with the director. He has done a great job here though combining music and timing to create a spookiness that stays with you. The idea of another world so close to you is terrifying. I had a hard time feeling sorry for these kids because they couldn’t live off their mother anymore. They all seemed able-bodied. While taking care of “Mom,” as they call her, they may find out the answers to a mystery. What’s more, those answers may be more than they bargained for. This is a dark, creepy project that definitely got me in the mood for Halloween tomorrow! It’s a little slow for my usual horror preferences but it did the trick in giving me that feeling I just couldn’t shake. 7/10.

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