Maya with her best friend, Dini, tries to survive in a city without a family. She realized that she might inherit a property from her rich family. Maya returns to the village with Dini and unaware of the danger was waiting for her.
Starring: Tara Basro, Ario Bayu, and Marissa Anita
Directed and written by: Joko Anwar
Any horror fan can tell you they’ve seen some crazy stories. What’s the craziest...we’ll each fan has their favorites. Now I’m not sure where “Impetigore” falls on my list, but this is definitely a wild story. One that could only come from another part of world.
It’s a crazy story, but also an excellent one. It begins and ends with Maya (Tara Basro), who’s a toll worker struggling to get by in the city. It doesn’t help when she’s attacked by a guy that has been stalking her. The man apparently knew something about where she came from, and this sparks an interest in her revisiting her past. Her best friend Dini (Marissa Anita) insists on going with her, and has hopes that Maya’s family turns out to be rich.
Unfortunately this isn’t a rags to riches story. They arrive at the village pretending to be students to protect Maya’s identity. They want to talk to Ki (Ario Bayu), who’s a popular puppeteer and local leader, but he’s busy at the moment. Instead they settle into a big abandoned home, and find a couple of clues about Maya’s family. Things slowly get stranger and stranger when they notice a lack of children, and some burials being done. Soon enough they get too involved in the village’s secret, and what it has to do with Maya.
What drives the movie early on is the relationship between Maya and Dini. Maya is kind of serious, and Dini always has a sarcastic answer for her. With impending doom coming, they’re actually pretty funny without really trying to be. Once the story focuses more on that doom, it just gets creepier and creepier. It’s an interesting story about family, betrayal, ghosts, and an evil curse.
What really makes this story different is what’s going on with the babies that are born in this village. It’s something horrifying, and a nightmare for these would be parents. That’s right, would be parents because the babies born here aren’t allowed to live with what’s wrong with them. To top it off, they make good use of bringing a puppeteer into the picture. One of the bloodiest scenes happens at a show, and the puppets look strange not to mention are made in a horrible way.
There’s more to tell about this story, but I don’t want to give anything more away. It’s a crazy story about the birth of a curse, and now the need to put an end to it. Of course that won’t be easy, and there’s a lot to reveal by the ending. Maya and Dini are really entertaining to start off with, but there’s nothing to smile about in the end. After seeing “Satan’s Slaves,” I knew Joko Anwar would deliver with “Impetigore,” and he did in a huge way. He has put together another horrifying and creepy story that will have audiences on the edge of their seats. With that, I give it 4 pools of blood.
More info about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2020/07/14/new-trailers-for-random-acts-of-violence-lake-of-death-and-impetigore/