He’s up to no good again…. naughty Satan, I mean…. Well, OK, maybe not him specifically, but those darn Indonesian spirits are restless again… and Dewi Perssik still thinks she can use them to become a movie star.
Sigh….. So will I be tricked into watching yet another Indonesian horror film following the terrible.. terrible “Tiren Mati Kemaren”? Yes… I’m just that big a sucker for these goofy films…..
Our synopsis reads: “Three body hunters have been assigned with the job of finding unidentified corpses scattered around Jakarta. One day, they are surprised when a female corpse that was hit by a train went missing from an ambulance. Joko (Kiwil), the head of the group gives an ultimatum that they must find the body and return it to the mortuary. The female corpse was a deaf girl named Lala, the twin sister of Anita (Dewi Perssik). While the body hunters are looking for Lala’s body, they are unaware that a revengeful spirit is following them.”
Yep…. sounds like another standard Indonesian ghost movie alright. The big question is…. “Will it actually redeem the career of Miss Perssik in my eyes or will it confirm her lowly status of “Queen of Indonesian Sexploitation/ Horror Craptaculars”….. Guess there is really only one sure way to find out….. So pray for your Favorite Movie Lovin’ Catgirl, o’ gentle visitors, and “Read On” if you dare!!
So…. before we start this one, let’s take a peek at the poster…. Oooohhhh!! All scary and reminiscent of that far superior Korean horror effort “The Wig”…. Long hair… check… bathroom…. check….. looking at the woman from behind as she brushes her long straight hair…. check. Only one problem. It has absolutely nothing to do with the film itself. Grrrr…!!
Just as with “Tiren Mati Kemaren”, the movie poster (and therefore the DVD slipcase art) has a wonderfully atmospheric look that is not featured at all in the film and is definitely NOT representational of the movie at all. Not a good way to market a film in this lil’ Catgirl’s opinion….
Secondly…. this film really is two separate films all at the same time…. and Dewi Perssik, it seems, could only be bothered to star in one of them! She plays both our “heroine” Anita and her twin sister Lala, but outside of about 2 minutes or so of running around prior to Lala’s death beneath a Train, we don’t see Dewi again until nearly 30 more minutes have passed…. Say what? She’s the star of the story? Ummm? Nope…
Instead, we have the three bumbling Corpse collectors playing at being alternately crude and stupid as they go about their job of recovering bodies (and the various grisly parts of bodies) for the morgue where they are employed. We see how they interact with their moron of a boss, and his sexy yet oh so vapid assistant. They spend their time griping about having to do such disgusting work, dodging a bunch of weird little yellow skinned demon midgets that haunt the place, and trying to figure out how to score with the boss’s mistress.Dumb, dumb, dumb…. and not in that sometimes endearing way that Thai or Chinese films manage for such characters…
After far more of this than was necessary, they finally get the detail of picking up Lala’s corpse…. courtesy of some strange witch woman who seems to lurk around the railway for reasons never touched on…. it seems she’s only here to use her creepy Mojo to awaken Lala’s spirit and set it on the path to revenge. About this time…. (and it seems two weeks have passed) Anita actually notices her deaf twin is missing. Yep… I kid you not. She finds out she’s dead, and goes to the morgue to claim the body…. but it’s not there. Our heroes managed to let the body (and their gurney) fly away into the night mere minutes after they tuck her into the hearse. Dewi gets to become part of the stupid hijinx at the morgue, but gets no real aid or assistance from these idiots…. (I’m assuming this is all part of the “comedy”….. but it fails badly.)
In our “second” film with a film….. we follow Dewi around as she tries to figure out exactly how her sister died. She’s got the help of her best friend and a boyfriend, (which if you know Indonesian films, tells you exactly what is going to end up behind it all….) Yes… her “friend” seduced Anita’s boyfriend…. Lala saw it all…. They chased her to shut her up and end up killing her by accident. Nothing new…. we’ve seen that tired old idea before. Even the haunting consists mostly of Lala showing up to scare Anita…. (who spends a ridiculous amount of screen time taking showers, I might add…). The best part of the film is that she kills her victims by invisibly showing up and putting her hands over thier ears so they can’t hear. (It’s why she gets the nickname “The Deaf Ghost”…). Oh…. and don’t even get me started about the ghost repellant you can make by filtering water through a woman’s panties….
Nope. If this is the level of film that Dewi wants to associate her name with, she’s not gonna be a star. It’s not better than her last one, it’s not worse….. It’s just soooo much a waste of time. Your Favorite Catgirl Princess gives this one 2 “Meows” out of 5…. and only because Indonesian films by way of Malaysia are soooo darn affordable and I’m able to have at least some fun watching fairly lowbrow efforts on occasion. If you aren’t a biiiig fan of such fare (or just want to watch Dewi Perssik take lots of showers)… run, run screaming into the night if someone offers you the disc to watch…. So don’t say I didn’t warn ya….
Is there some sort of Trailer for this one? Why.. yes, gentle reader, yes there is! Enjoy….. if you can!