The Indonesian Resurrection of THE EVIL DEAD: Joko Anwar, The Mo Brothers, and THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC
Joko Anwar wears his influences on his sleeve. A veteran filmmaker who got his start in the early 2000s, Anwar’s career took off globally in 2007 when his film Kala, a film noir that pays homage to Fritz Lang’s classic M, was recognized by Sight & Sound. Anwar has a knack for homage, and he’s recently started resurrecting older Indonesian horror titles by repackaging – and folding in a bit of his own – nostalgia.
The Creepy Kid…
When I was in kindergarten, my parents thought it was okay for me to watch Stephen King’s IT on ABC. For most of the film, I sat on the basement steps watching balloons of blood inflate and explode from a distance. No matter how far back I sat, how small that screen was, it still terrified me.