Another day… and another creepy Halloween goodie for you all! This time, from Indonesia, another of those scary ghost stories this lil’ Catgirl just can’t get enough of, “Kuntilanak Kamar Mayat”.
Our quick synopsis reads: “Andini is a young female college student. Lately, she has been having very vivid dreams about her sister, Miranda, who works as a hospital nurse. Soon the dreams begin to grow into frightening apparitions. In fear that something terrible may have happened to her, several of Andini’s college friends join together to help to search for news of Miranda. After talking with a woman named Vivian, who lives in Miranda’s residence and works with her in the hospital, she finds out a surprising truth about her sister. The reason Miranda left home with little warning, is because she is pregnant.
After talking with Vivian, Andini went to see another of Miranda’s coworkers, Dr. Indra. He has also been plagued by disturbing visions after having last seen his coworker Miranda. The visions include the appearance of an apparition in the hospital morgue that he thought was a Kuntilanak. He now believes that the kuntilanak is not only real, but is stalking him.
Can the friends discover what has happened to Miranda before it is too late for her and maybe for them too!”
Sounds good! Haunted morgue…. scary pregnant women ghosts getting revenge….. It’s been a while since we got to see what the nasty ol’ Kuntilanak was up too, so what are we all waiting for? Let’s all “Read On”!!
This one starts off just about like many similar Indonesian ghost stories, with a dream sequence… in it, paranormal research doofus Mocil (played by Rizky Mocil) finds himself wandering through a deserted morgue late at night. Here he has the standard run in with ghostly nurses and the spirit of a Kuntilanak. After a good bit of creepy scares, he awakens in class, to the amusement of his fellow students. Obviously our comic relief for this one, he’s the best friend of Andini (played by Imelda Lubis) who got a real problem…. seems her beloved older sister Miranda is missing. Nobody has seen her at the hospital where she works as a nurse…. and Miranda had lied to her sister about being transferred to another hospital waaaay out in the boondocks. Why? Andini doesn’t know….. but with the help of Mocil and his friends she’s determined to find out.
Eventually the plot leads us to Vivian, another nurse who lives in Miranda’s residence hall and worked with her at the hospital. She’s certain the Miranda never was transferred, but seems reluctant to speculate as to what happened to her to make her lie to her sister and disappear. She’s obviously hiding something juicy and scandalous…. and in an Indonesian film that can only mean one thing. Yep, another of those illicit love affair triangles that just always end with death and hauntings…….
Our chief suspect for the murder…. and you just know that Miranda was murdered…. just has to be handsome Dr. Indra (played by Mandala A. Shoji) who been seeing apparitions in hospital’s morgue since Miranda disappeared. His fiancee Sarah (played by Julia Perez) is also seeing those same apparitions, so you just know Miranda wants revenge on somebody. It just has to go that way…..
Soon enough, Vivian is convinced to spill the beans about Miranda and Dr. Indira…. and yes, they were having a passionate love affair behind Sarah’s back. The night before her disappearance, Miranda spent the night with Indira and told him she was pregnant…. but he’s engaged to Sarah, and apparently in Indonesia that’s just sooooo final that you can’t just change your mind before the actual wedding, I guess. (Must be one heck of a deposit on the wedding reception…. Hehehehe!!) So… he’s just got to be the bad guy…. right? Well….. maybe not.
We get the usual haunting stuff…… our angry spirit really spreads the hate around pretty equally. Some icky worms in the throat for her lover, Dr. Indira, some creepy shower antics for Sarah, and the usual “just out of sight” creeping about when characters are sooooo close to seeing them…… but don’t. Even our friend, the pocong shows up for some undead fun…. mostly creeping out Mocil in the side plot.
Eventually we discover that the real killer isn’t who we thought, and our spirit does get her revenge before the final credits roll. It isn’t the most original plot out there but at least it’s well done and didn’t have this lil’ Catgirl gnashing her teeth about the usual inequities in gender roles in Indonesia….. so I guess I have to give this one a basically positive 3 “Meows” out of 5. It isn’t great….. but it isn’t bad either. But…. there are certainly no surprises… and no new ground gets broken either. With it’s title…. I was soooo hoping for some more action along the lines of my fav Indonesian film of all time, “Kuntilanak”, and maybe learn more about that creepy folklore tree demon that it featured… but apparently here the kuntilanak is nothing more than a generic “long haired ghost”……. Sigh… After “Mati Suri”, this one was just so…. average. Oh well…. maybe I’ll get luckier next time out.
Of course… there’s a Trailer, so all my loyal visitors get to see some of the creepy action for their very own selves…. and here it is!