Indonesia, a country steeped in rich folklore and mysticism, has contributed significantly to the world of cinema, particularly in the horror thriller genre. Indonesian filmmakers have successfully blended traditional superstitions and modern storytelling techniques to create spine-tingling experiences for audiences. In this article, we’ll explore a list of the best Indonesian horror thriller films that are sure to send shivers down your spine.
Satan’s Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) – 2017
Directed by Joko Anwar, “Satan’s Slaves” is a remake of the 1980 Indonesian horror classic. The film follows a family who encounters a series of supernatural events after their mother’s death. Filled with tension and jump scares, “Satan’s Slaves” is one of Indonesia’s best modern horror films.
The Raid (Serbuan Maut) – 2011
While not strictly a horror film, “The Raid” is an action-packed thriller loaded with tension and blood-soaked sequences. Directed by Gareth Evans, the film follows a police officer who must survive against a criminal gang in an apartment complex overrun by crime.
DreadOut – 2019
Also based on the popular horror video game of the same name, “DreadOut” is a horror film that follows a group of teenagers trapped in a remote village filled with supernatural entities. However they must confront various dangers to survive and uncover the mysteries behind the eerie occurrences.
Kuntilanak – 2018
This film is part of a popular series of Indonesian horror films. Following the story of a group of friends attempting to unravel the mystery behind the Kuntilanak legend, the film combines traditional horror elements with a modern twist.
Impetigore – 2019
Also directed by Joko Anwar, the film follows a woman who returns to her birthplace only to discover a horrifying family secret. “Impetigore” offers a thrilling blend of mystery and horror that keeps the tension constant.
The Queen of Black Magic – 2019
This film is a remake of the 1981 Indonesian classic. Directed by Kimo Stamboel, the film follows a group of friends who visit an orphanage where they once lived. They begin experiencing terrifying supernatural events connected to their past.
Rumah Dara (Macabre) – 2009
While directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, “Rumah Dara” is a film that follows a group of friends who offer a ride to a mysterious woman, only to discover her dark side. “Rumah Dara” is a film filled with bloody action and haunting mystery.
The Forbidden Door – 2009
Directed by Joko Anwar, this film follows an artist obsessed with uncovering hidden secrets. When he peers through “the forbidden door,” he finds himself trapped in a series of horrifying events that shake his faith and sanity.
Kamar 207 – 2011
This film follows the story of a journalist trying to uncover the mystery behind a notoriously haunted hotel room. With terrifying scenes and a complex plot, “Kamar 207” stands out as one of Indonesia’s best psychological horror films.
Pengabdi Setan (The Devil’s Slave) – 1980
As a classic Indonesian horror film, “Pengabdi Setan” deserves special mention. Directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra, the film also tells the story of a mother who mysteriously returns from the dead to haunt her family. It serves as an inspiration for many modern Indonesian horror films.
Indonesia film has produced a range of horror thriller films that captivate audiences with chilling narratives and suspenseful atmospheres. Whether they are recent releases or classic gems, this genre continues to thrive in Indonesia, offering heart-pounding experiences for horror enthusiasts. So, if you’re in search of tension and adrenaline, don’t hesitate to explore these films. But be prepared to feel fear and entertainment in equal measure throughout the journey.