Satan's Slaves

2017

Drama / Horror / Mystery

28
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7 10 3837

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Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 7 / 10

Scary and Creepy

The family of Rini (Tara Basro) is financially broken and she lives with her father (Bront Palarae), her mother (Ayu Laksmi) that is ill, her grandmother (Elly D. Luthan) that is crippled, and her brothers Tony (Endy Arfian), Bondi (Nasar Annuz) and the mute six year-old Ian (M. Adhiyat) in an old house in the countryside nearby a cemetery. Her mother, who was a successful singer, is dying from a mysterious disease and her father does not have money to support the family. When her mother dies, her father needs to travel to the city to sell the house and weird things happen in the house. The skeptical Rini befriends Hendra (Dimas Aditya), son of the religious Ustadz (Arswendi Nasution), and they learn that her mother was infertile and joined a cult that worships Satan to have children. And now, when Ian will be seven, they will take the boy with them. What can they do to protect Ian?

"Pengabdi Setan", a.k.a. "Satan┬┤s Slaves", is a scary and creepy Indonesian-South Korean horror film. The storyline of a cult of infertile women that worships Satan slightly recalls "Rosemary┬┤s Baby" and has flaws, but the movie makes the viewer startle in many scenes. The acting is also reasonable and does not disappoint. My vote is seven.

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Reviewed by Ryota Nakanishi 8 / 10

Good Atmosphere, But Ruined in Zombies and Sadako...

This Indonesian genre film is originally a prequel to the Satan's Slave (Dir. Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982) which is a kind of imitation of Phantasm (1979).

However, it has real originality with creating of Satan which holding umbrellas in dark forests. It has something really Lucio Fulci-like realist quality of horror imaginary. It is a serious attempt to create the real image of demon in the modern sense. This is positive side of this genre film.

Moreover, the actress Tara Basro is typical face of contemporary actress in Japan and other parts of Asia. You can easily find common features in your familiar Asian actress. In this film, female protagonist is not a target of antagonists who want to kidnap the boy Ian who created by Satan.

Indonesia is more closer to Western and Middle East Islam cultures than Japan or China. Satanism is something does not fit to East Asia however it does fit Indonesia. This film proved that due to Indonesia being the largest Islamic country in East and South East Asia. And Islamism itself contains the basic dualism of God and Evil which links to the Western Christ religions.

As the result, the art direction is also affected by this cultural linkage between Islam and Western religions. The typical example is the Rini's house design. It is like house in The Amityville Horror (1979). It is quite Westernised mood of horror film. Japan, Taiwan or Hong Kong can't create the similar stylish atmosphere in their environment due to their cultural background. Tombs are also qualitative works in this way.

On the contrary to these features which highly realistic and successful cultural mixture, this film actually is ruined by the imitation of zombies and Sadako-like ghost performance...

The Act 3, in which, demon with umbrellas are the best expression of creating antagonist imageries, however, when they are sifted by zombies, this film's originality and its solemn mood are severely damaged into parody of zombie films. And its female ghosts are very similar to Sadako's figure. It has this film an imitation of Japanese ghost Horror films like, Ring (1998).

The Act3 should be reedited. It is not a story issue but the narrative devices like Sadako and zombies actually failed this film at the end.

Reviewed by Fella_shibby 9 / 10

A very creepy n scary horror film with solid character development n atmosphere.

This is my first Indonesian horror film n what an awesome horror film it turned out to b. After reading that it is a slow burner my excitement dropped but once I played the dvd, from the settings I cud smell that it's gonna b creepy. A big ol house situated next to the cemetary in the rural Jakarta is sufficiently eerie. The performances, from the star cast, especially the small kid n the elder sis are grounded and very convincing. The director's approach to the suspense and horror is slow-building but very very creepy. He shud b given a chance to direct a part of the franchise from the Insidious, Conjuring, Annabelle series. The story is very intriguing. The stark imagery and demonic cutaways were implemented to marvelous effect. Indeed a very scary, spine-tingling n dreadful film. The interior lighting and shading at the house to some of the daytime n nighttime cemetary exteriors provided some beautiful photography. The old house with the many rooms, a water well inside its premise n an olden era bathroom all added an eerie feel. The demons with their umbrella's in the cemetary was top notch scary stuff. Some solid jump scares as well as some other stylish cuts help create a sense of terror. The film is full of non cliches jump scares which r creepy n terrifying. There is one very violent n detailed gruesome scene which i don't wanna spoil.

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