For years, versatile Indonesian director Joko Anwar wanted to remake Pengabdi Setan, not only a 1982 horror classic from his home country, but a film that was based on the cult classic Phantasm. With Satan’s Slaves he finally has, telling the chilling tale of four children who are left alone when their mother passes away from a mysterious illness. But soon, the kids sense that their late mum may not have left at all. Things only get worse when they realise she has returned to take them back to the underworld. What results is a tense and stylist horror movie that lured over a million viewers to cinemas during its premiere weekend, and also received a record 13 nominations at this year's Indonesian Film Awards.
“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.”