Satan’s Slaves (PG13)
Starring Tara Bastro, Bront Palarae
Directed by Joko Anwar
Indonesia’s No.1 movie of last year — and a remake of a 1980 spook-fest — stars Tara Bastro (HBO’s Halfworlds) as a young lady fending off devil worshippers in the outskirts of Jakarta… in a big house, right next to a cemetery. Just lovely.
I’ve never seen the original, but there are parts that recall James Wan’s The Conjuring and Insidious, and even the works of George A Romero. The chills are by-the-book, but effective. At least, it’s no The Faith of Anna Waters. (Sorry, Kelvin Tong, you really dropped the ball on that one.) In Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles. (**1/2)