This time out, your favorite Catgirl movie geek is bringing you the details of “Suster Ngesot”, an Indonesian Horror film…… one of a number of them, actually all telling some version of an Urban folklore store about a ghostly crippled nurse out for revenge.
Yep…. I’m not kidding….. I’ve found reference to at least 4 different versions of this story…. but this is the most recent, (and the only one with english subtitles that I could find….) that I could snap up out of a Malaysian DVD source that I already had been using.
So…… it’s plot is fairly simple……as the synopsis explains: “Two girls, Vira (Nia Ramadhani) and Silla (Donita), go from Bandung to Jakarta in order to work as nurses at a rundown clinic. They end up having to stay at a creepy room in the clinic’s womens dormitory, closed for 20 years by a mysterious disappearance of the last occupant. Soon thereafter, strange things start to happen at the lodging. Vira talks to a woman named Mak Saroh, who tells her about another young nurse who used to live there 20 years ago named Lastri Sulistia (Lia Waode). She learns that she was the murdered girlfriend of Dr. Herman, one of the doctors at the clinic who is beleived to have killed Lastri because she found out about his affair with her best friend Mila. Her ghost is accidentally released by similar events happening between the girls and a love triangle developing with Vira’s boyfriend, Mike (Mike Lewis) and now roams the place in search of her revenge killing all those who cross her path.”
Wanna know some more? Then you are gonna want to “Read On”…..
Apparently, ‘Suster’ is Indonesian slang for ‘nurse’ (probably from the British equivalent of ‘sister’ used to refer to nurses) and “Suster Ngesot The Movie” is based on an local legend about a crippled ghost that crawls about. Got it? Well…. basically the plot mainly deals with themes of “betrayal and unfaithfulness” but overall it gives one an implausible impression as the re-enactment of the past among the 2 nurses and the male lead plays out. Maybe it’s just me, and I’m still adjusting the ol’ “cultural themes filter” in my lil’ head to “Indonesian”…. but I had a real degree of difficulty accepting the dire nature of betrayal as set forth here….. I really couldn’t see how such petty actions could be the basis for such a haunting.
Still…. at least all of the usual familiar accessories of the “Long Haired Ghost” story are here to comfort me…. like creaking doors, loud unexplained noises, dead bodies entombed in forgotten places, ominous lurking spirits and the random, sudden appearances of the various characters at unexpected moments. So if “Suster Ngesot” doesn’t exactly break new ground, it DOES try to entertain in at least some usual fashion. I just wish it had done so a bit better than it did……..
The DVD itself was well produced….with separate subtitles in both English, Chinese, and Malay….. region free and NTSC. Interestingly… it was the first DVD I’ve ever gotten sponsored by what I think is a peanut packaging company…….. complete with commercial on the disc and an insert to allow you to mail-order peanuts…. How cool is that?
In wrap-up, Neko has to give this one only 3 “Meows” out of 5. While not really impressing me as a standout film, it has made me more interested in finding out more about the folklore behind the story…. and that itself is good enough for me.
Oh!! As always…. I leave you with the Trailer…. enjoy!!