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Anwar's blend of both Americanised scares and Indonesian culture sometimes feel disconnected in a film that does possess both the technical style and character substance to be an impressive piece of work.
Good direction, performances and aesthetic can't overcome a lack of scares, overly simplistic exposition and a protracted ending that weighs the film down. Satan's Slaves is worth a watch, but don't rush out to see it.
Satan's Slaves is a supremely polished, legitimately creepy poltergeist/possession yarn.
Satan's Slaves is a petrifying peek into the nightmarish world of watching someone you adore grow frail and otherworldly, and the trauma that can manifest into monsters as a result of such torment.
The balance between visual scares and terror within the plot make for an all-around wonderful little gem.
The film's intriguing mythology, as well as excellent performances from its cast as a whole, elevate Anwar's tension-filled exploration of the price that families can pay when someone dabbles in the dark side.
These mirrorings, repetitions and doppelgängers are fitting images for a film that is itself a reprise (with considerable variations) of Putra's 1980 film of the same name - the very film that inspired Anwar to become a writer/director...
Like its influences, Satan's Slaves uses strong characters, an emphasis on mood and a few alarming jolts of violence to earn an uneasiness that lingers.
[This] Indonesian Occult Horror Remake Gets it Right
Satan's Slaves confirms Anwar as one of the region's best genre filmmakers.
The scares are carefully timed and spaced between plenty of character-building moments, showing the closeness of the family.
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