Release date: 2009
The kuntilanak has been one of the more frustrating vampire types I have looked at on Taliesin Meets the Vampires. Whilst commonly listed as a vampire variant the Indonesian film industry do all sorts of weird and wonderful things with the lore – to the point that many a Kuntilanak movie has received the patented T_ttlg “Vamp or Not?” treatment and many have failed the test.
Suffice it to say that, given this is a review, Paku (or nail) Kuntilanak is a vampire movie. Trouble is it isn’t a brilliant one but I get ahead of myself.
|the car just crumpled|
…not what you might be expecting, he hammers the long, metal nail into her head. This is some new kuntilanak lore for us but in absolute keeping with tradition. The nail in the head robs the fiend of some of her power and, if it remains in, she will decompose like a normal corpse. They place her in a suitcase, tie it up with rope and throw it in the river.
|peeking at a ghost|
|a suitable victim|
|Mona switches on the wiles|
|feeding him worms|
Unfortunately the film is pitched wrong. The opening sequence is superb and they could have made a tight little horror film with a lot of atmosphere. Instead they went down a (bad) comedy route and we are left with something that is below average. 3.5 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.