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I must say that "TAKUT" FACES OF FEAR is one of the good Indonesia
horror movie. all Directors prove that they all can come up with
suspenseful tales together. There are six stories and each of them is
30 minutes. The six stories are pretty engrossing, suspenseful and
The story: First, we get "show unit" directed by Rako Prijanto, a known television and feature film director, tells a story of a man who becomes a victim of a deadly game of extortion after he investigates an intruder at his house.
The 2nd story: Directed by Riri Riza shares his childhood fear through "Titisan Naya", where a skeptical young girl discovers that her ancestors are not just a faded memory during a traditional family ritual.
The 3rd story: Directed by Ray Nayoan explores the world of a Peeping Tom in his first short movie "Peeper".
The 4th story : Another newcomer Robby Ertanto tells a tale of black magic in horror-comedy "The List".
the 5th Story : Veteran music-video director Raditya Sidharta collaborated with the country's Police special rescue squad in Indonesia's first zombie flick "The Rescue".
And in The 6th Story: "Dara" Directed by the Mo Brothers, show how an attractive chef applies her knife skills to protect her secret recipe.
Overall: Is it worth to watch it? Yes, it is. Suspense and thrills fans should watch this. It is recommended to watch this. It is good although I am not a horror fan :)
Takut: Faces of Fear opened the Indonesian Fantastic Film Festival in Jakarta last week and will play in theaters from 27 November 2008.
I'm not really crazy about short movies, especially the ones displaying
an array of types of a certain genre. A friend of mine took me to Faces
of Fear, and looking at the poster I thought I was forced to watch some
kind of 'scary movie for dummies' on a big screen. I mean: 6 stories, 7
directors, 1 scream: What is that, a tagline for a horror manual? I
have to say that my skepticism mellowed after seeing these six stories.
The animated introduction was pretty misleading though, as it gave me a
middle-ages-vampire kind of vibe to the anthology. Then the first story
starts and it could not be further away from the animation sphere as
you land immediately in the scenery of an urban 'beau monde'
housewarming party. It unfolds in a suspense drama of a man who's
hiding a dark secret from his girlfriend and a cunning stranger who
knows everything about this secret. An entertaining story, but not one
that puts you on the tip of your scary seat.
The 'spirits' in the second story however does give you a bit of a startle. In 'titisan naya' A bored girl who shows more interest in her handsome cousin rather than her Javanese-family-weapon-cleansing ritual gets her 'lesson' from her long gone ancestors. Too bad this one had to be compressed into a short film because there were so many interesting elements and details (especially of the ritual) left unexplained.
There are two more stories that capture the Indonesian mysticism. In 'the peeper', a dangerously hot vixen who is also a Javanese dancer with a special interest in the human eye gets her grips on a sneaky peep freak janitor. Not so much scary, but Wiwied Gunawan puts down quite a show as the seductive exotic dancer-monster in disguise. Then there's 'the list', in which the performance of a dukun (the Indonesian version of a shaman) plays a main role in the game of vengeance between two ex lovers.
Gore and zombie aficionados get their turn with 'the rescue' and 'Dara'. Story-wise I think of 'the rescue' as the Indonesian short version of I am Legend and 28 days later. I'm afraid this story just passed me by quickly without leaving any further impressions. Perhaps this was meant to add some variation through action sequences in an otherwise mystically-laden anthology? Honestly, I wouldn't mind having to see a zombie filled village during a sacrifice ritual in one of the culturally rich areas of Indonesia. Perhaps that could turn out more scary or funny rather than this bland zombie story. Dara is slightly more interesting and that's mostly because of the stoic-sexy and evil man-eating chef performance by Shareefa Danish. She is hot, nasty and gross in this slaughter story and gives a whole new meaning to the word dinner-date.
So there you go, a blend of horror petit fours which is surprisingly in par with the more expensive Indonesian horror productions (think Jelangkung or the Pocong series). I would even say that this mini movie is better than the big budget ones because of its high level in potentially interesting stories. Let's hope they will highlight one soon for a real feature. One that really gets you screamin'.
First of all I must say it's the first time I watched an Indonesian
film and I think it was just possible because of film festivals like
"Fantasporto" (A fantasy/horror festival that occurs every year in my
hometown, Oporto Portugal).
That said, I must say something else, I enjoyed the film a lot! I didn't know the Indonesian cinema but if all movies are like this one, I'm surprised, because it has a level of quality above my expectation. About this movie, it's a compilation of six horror/fantasy stories. All of them are nice and well done, but the ones I enjoyed better were the 2nd story entitled "Titisan Naya", the 3rd story called "Peeper" and the last story entitled "Dara". As told all the six stories are good and well produced, but I enjoyed the plot of those three better. Another detail I enjoyed in this movie was to "discover" that are very beautiful women in Indonesia! Almost all actresses in this film are gorgeous!
Definitely a good surprise! I score it 7/10.
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