Movie Review: Kuntilanak 2- An Honest Review
I recently stumbled upon an opportunity to watch the premiere of an Indonesian horror movie– Kuntilanak 2. It starts off in a house of a wealthy Indonesian family– a mother, her six children and the eldest daughter’s boyfriend as the protagonists.
Stories of the ‘Kuntilanak,’ which translates from Indonesian to “vampire woman”, haunting people begin to draw attention from the start, opposed sceptically by Edwin (the boyfriend).
Soon after some weak character development, a woman comes to the house and presents herself as the biological mother of one of the daughters (Dinda) and announces to Dinda’s previous mom that she is here to collect Dinda.
Dinda overhears this, and saw a troubling dream the same night in which she only sees two things: a tree, and a heart, followed by a compelling call towards her biological mother. So she decides to escape at night. Before she has the time to leave unnoticed she is spotted by everyone who happen to be simultaneously awake, and all of the children including the boyfriend volunteer to accompany her.
While the children set off in Edwin’s car for a dodgy forest tavern where this previously unannounced mother lives, Dinda’s foster mother gets hold of a hidden letter from the caregiver of the foster home that was supposedly left in Dinda’s cradle upon her being brought there. The cover of the letter is clearly addressed to the one who adopts Dinda with important information, and yet (relatively large plot hole) the foster mother only receives it around 8 years later. It warns that Dinda was meant to be eaten by the Kuntilanak due to a bloodline prophecy, consequently she had to be given away to protect her.
Upon receiving the letter, the mother goes off to find this haunted forest home.
Meanwhile, the movie continues with a sequence of questionable suspense with the kids’ car breaking down just in front of the house as they hit an evil spirit. After that moment, most scenes with intent to scare the audience are done in either a sloppy or unrealistic way for the universe they created.
Following the revelation that the alleged biological mother is the ‘Kuntilanak,’ many cutaways are pointless to the story, or have a vain message.
Furthermore, in this universe the vampire woman can allegedly fly, use telekinesis and teleport. However when four of the kids face her in a single room, her moving speed doesn’t exceed 2 kilometres an hour at best and after about five minutes, with all of them being in the same room, she barely manages to land a small scratch on any of the kids.
All throughout everyone’s movements in and out of the house, the door is either mysteriously locked or open at times that alternate in convenience to the children and the Kuntilanak.
In the end, Dinda battles the Kuntilanak in a swamp without sustaining any injury whilst facing a flying, telekinetic vampire-witch. Finally, they all manage to escape the house safe and sound as though if they went out for a barbecue in the forest.
I rate this movie 4/10 for containing no horror content apart from cheap jump scares, very limited suspense, mediocre plot with plot holes and at times just okay humour.
Photos courtesy of TGV Pictures.
This article is contributed by Daniil Vakhrameev.
Daniil Vakhrameev is 19 years old, and a student of Sociology at Warwick University, UK. He is currently doing a one-month internship with SalamToday and SalamWeb where he will be sharing his unique takes on traveling, culture and life as a student abroad.