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A Tense Horror Movie With No Religious Issues

It is undeniable that many directors make horror movies with a touch of religion that sometimes makes no sense, or sometimes is just too much. In addition, religious elements seem to be the main part of many famous horror films both in Indonesia and abroad. 

However, there are also some horror movies that present epic stories without using these themes. These movies captivate with intense suspense, psychology, and plots that are both gripping and unthinkable. You can check our list below!

Hantu Bangku Kosong (2006)

Hantu Bangku Kosong. Courtesy by IMDb

The movie, released in 2006, tells the story of a woman who was killed by her own friend while sleeping on her school bench. Afterward, the bench is left empty for years, because every time a girl occupies it, she will end up in a trance and even lose her life. The movie comes with a gripping atmosphere, alarming jumpscares, and a simple yet effective plot.  This movie is directed by Helfi Kardit.

Rumah Dara (2009)

Rumah Dara. Courtesy of IMDb

Rumah Dara tells the story of a group of young men who find themselves trapped in the home of a psychopath who also sells human flesh in his restaurant meals. As they are subjected to a bloody game, they must fight to survive the life-threatening terror. The movie manages to deliver so much gore that it feels like you’re churning your guts, due to the many scenes of butchery and blood. The movie is directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto.

Sunyi (2019)

Sunyi. Courtesy of IMDb

Sunyi is a remake of the South Korean movie Whispering Corridors (1998). This movie tells the story of a schoolgirl ghost who tries to punish people who like to bully. This ghost always appears every year at new student admissions until finally at the same event he meets Alex (Angga Yunanda) who can communicate with him. The ghost is also the one who gets rid of the seniors and bad students who try to hurt Alex. This movie is directed by Awi Suryadi.

Impetigore (2019)

Impetigore. Courtesy of IMDb

The movie tells the story of two women who find out about their parents’ inheritance in a remote village. The village turns out to be cursed and harbors and ends up terrorizing them shortly after arriving in the village. Rather than giving religious elements, this movie gives the feel of mystical stories of Indonesian people since ancient times. The movie also provides violent scenes filled with blood and psychological games of survival. Impetigore is directed by Joko Anwar.

Ivanna (2022)

Ivanna. Courtesy of IMDb

This movie tells the story of a family who returns home to Bandung to celebrate Eid. Terror begins to occur when they go down to the basement, leaving one by one family member dead. Although there are a few elements of Lebaran, this story focuses on a woman who was murdered in ancient times. This story focuses more on the Dutch colonial era and does not forget the extraordinary gore scenes that make the stomach churn. Ivanna is directed by Kimo Stamboel. 

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She has developed experiences as a writer both in content writing and journalism through various projects.
Ana enjoys film with women issues, as well as horror. A Bachelor in Economic Education.

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