Taut Indonesian Thriller Hits the Spot: Film Review
Recent Indonesian horror films have not been satisfying. Despite that, the genre, which is awash with ghosts and erotica, is winning over fans who used to opt for thrillers.
Desperate for viewers, some horror films have opted for strange titles â€” think â€œDancing Ghost,â€ â€œCrawling Nurseâ€ and â€œMenstruating Ghost.â€ Yet thrillers have been scarce â€” only two have been released this year: â€œSkandalâ€ (â€œScandalâ€) by Jose Poernomo and â€œTebusâ€ (â€œRevengeâ€) by Muhammad Yusuf.
So â€œThe Perfect Houseâ€ deserves a warm welcome for enriching the genre. This new dramatic thriller is the fourth film from Indonesian director Affandi Abdul Rachman and a debut for actress and editor Veronica Maria Lasut as producer. The story flows nicely, with slow-paced suspense and the right dose of drama. Itâ€™s thoughtful and well-executed.
The movieâ€™s promotional poster may lead people to think itâ€™s a slasher film, especially because itâ€™s set in a house, which may remind us of Indonesiaâ€™s breakthrough gory film, â€œRumah Daraâ€ (â€œMacabreâ€). There will be blood, but, compared to Rumah Dara, only in small amounts.