Release date: 2006
One of the problems I have found with films featuring kuntilanaks is the fact that the name seems to be being used by the Indonesian film industry as a catch-all for various ghosts and ghoulies.
In this case, whilst there is little in the way of blood drinking and some of the lore is embellished, I felt that the film was far enough away from a simple haunting to warrant review.
She takes herself to a boarding house. The local men explain that it is on the other side of the cemetery and she must ask permission of the tree as she walks past. She walks past the children playing round the base of the tree (and doesn’t ask permission but that is unimportant) and is met outside the boarding house by Mrs Yanti (Lita Soewardi) and is shown her room.
|Sam under the power of chanting|
From here we see into Sam’s life. Her and Gung are not a perfect couple as she doesn’t trust him. It seems he went out with his friends one day when she said she had a bad feeling and her mum later died – thus he wasn’t there for her. Needy much. For his part Evan Sanders imbues the character with so much histrionics that we have no sympathy for him – but that’s okay as he is only a foil for Sam. His friend lwang (Ibnu Jamil) gives us a lot of our lore.
|Sam gets angry|