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Film Horor
Film Horor Indonesia, Hantu Katrok

Indonesia 2007
produced by
Shanker R.S. for Indika Entertainment
directed by Toto Hoedi
starring Sheila Marcia, Angie Virgin, Reza Rahadian, Dwi A.P., Ferdinal Arnaz, Andhika Gumilang, Ferry Irawan, Secha Lauretta, Terta Mayasari, Cut Memey, Shierly Rushworth, Maria Eva, Udjie Tongky
written by Toto Hoedi, special makeup effects by Orlando Bassi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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By and by, college student's Putri's (Sheila Marcia) friends disappear from a photograph they have all taken together. Now that's creepy enough of course, but made even more so by the fact that they are killed in real life as well. For the survivors it's soon a race against time that has them meet with demons, dancing zombies, pocongs (= undead corpses tied into their shrouds), hopping vampires and the like, until the last two survivors, Putri and Beni (Reza Rahadian) - whom she has in the meantime fallen in love with - have to realize they are fighting a very human serialkiller who has only photoshopped Putri's photograph to make her friends disappear. In the end, the killer turns out to be a friend of Putri's who has killed all the others because they gangraped his sister, then pushed her out of a window - and Beni was their ringleader. In the finale, the killer and Beni kill each other, but Putri somehow survives.

 

I don't know what above sounds like, but it's actually a genre parody very much in the tradition of Scary Movie - meaning it's a very careless mix of scenes spoofing other films (among them Psycho, ET, Poltergeist, Spider-Man, Shutter, The Exorcist) and (local as well as international) genre motives that invariably goes for the lowest common denominator and cheap laughs and shows rather little interest in sophistication, subtlety or even storytelling. And somehow, the very violent ending sits uneasy with all the (supposed) fun that went on before.

In all, despite the intended laughs this is a rather sad affair - and a complete waste of time.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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