Satan's Slaves

Pengabdi Setan

Joko Anwar

For years, versatile Indonesian director Joko Anwar wanted to remake Pengabdi Setan, a 1982 horror classic from his home country. Anwar’s version (a box office smash in Indonesia) is set in 1981, complete with period haircuts and clothing, yet gives the haunted house narrative a surprisingly modern twist.

When twenty-something Rini’s mother dies after a long illness, her father is forced to work in the city. Rini and her three younger brothers stay behind at her grandmother’s shadowy, creaky house. Soon they are joined by an apparition uncannily like their mother. It’s up to Rini to find out what the poltergeist wants.

The producers maintain that there is actually a spirit in the film as they hired 24 extras for a scene in which the dead rise again – but if you look closely, there are 25 undead in shot.

Screenings

  • Pathé 4
    English subtitles
    Wed 31 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 2
    English subtitles
    Fri 2 Feb Buy
  • KINO 2
    English subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Joko Anwar
Country
Indonesia
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
106’
Language
Indonesian
Producer
Gope T. Samtani, Kim Hawon
Production Company
Rapi Films, CJ Entertainment
Sales
CJ Entertainment
Writer
Joko Anwar
Cinematography
Ical Tanjung
Editor
Arifin Cu'unk
Production Design
Allan Triyana Sebastian
Sound Design
Khikmawan Santosa
Music
Aghi Narottama, Tony Merle, Bemby Gusti
Cast
Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Dimas Aditya, Endy Arfian, Nasar Annuz, Ayu Laksmi, Egy Fedly