Directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra
While mourning the death of his mother, a troubled teen discovers a nightmare world of restless spirits, supernatural vengeance and occult terror. Unleashed in 1980, SATAN'S SLAVE transformed Indonesia's genre film industry, and remains one of the most influential shockers in Asian horror history. Double feature it with Joko Anwar's Shudder Original remake, SATAN'S SLAVES.
In this Indonesian classic, a troubled teen discovers a nightmare world of restless spirits and occult terror.
Cast: Ruth Pelupessi, W.D. Mochtar, Fachrul Rozy
Ok at best. Interesting vibe, not much doing beyond that...
2.5 skulls. Visually awesome, well shot, well lit, sweet cinematography and 80s practical effects. Not as entirely convoluted as you would expect from a film like this, but def drags the end chase scene out a bit as you would expect, and the sheer religious propaganda of it all is enough to tarnish the whole thing thoroughly and knock it back a few skulls. That part of it is gross and sad.
Weird, weird, weird— loved it!
Despite a somewhat middling second act, Satan’s Slave is a well crafted film that is both unsettling and atmospheric. Real heads only.
Despite being a tad middling in the second act.