Amelia (Nafa Urbach) finally gets pregnant after 15 years of marriage and adopting Alani (Denira Wiraguna) and Vito (Adhiyat), two siblings. Verdi (Ali Syakieb), the wife’s husband, relocates from Jakarta to a plantation company at the base of Mount Salak in order to support his wife, who also has high blood pressure.
They get into trouble when they learn that the spirit of a mother who lost her kid in the womb due to a supernatural incident in the past lives in their new home. The ghost reappears now, attempting to enter Amelia’s body in order to remove the child from her womb.
Despite being in imminent danger, Vito and Alani work to keep their mother safe after realising the situation. It turns out, though, that there are other threats they must deal with in addition to the female spirit. Unexpectedly, there is a second, more wicked force.
What is the nefarious, enigmatic entity stalking the family? Amelia and her unborn child will they live? Will the family be able to overcome these difficulties?
Old-School Horror Story
“Iblis Dalam Kandungan” offers an archaic and out-of-date horror tale reminiscent of the past in a time of developing technology and various horror films that have won over viewers in Indonesia and throughout the world.
This movie’s whole plot may be easily found in other, earlier horror movies. A narrative that starts with a household relocating from the city to the village? Check. A pregnant woman frightened by a phantom resident of the house? Check. A husband who is never around when issues arise? villagers hiding their sinister pasts? a scene involving a rocker? Check it three times.
The movie appears to have lost its uniqueness, which renders its narrative boring and quickly forgettable. The plot ended up being a disaster since it appears like the scriptwriter was aware of this and tried to make a new breakthrough by forcing a twist.
Uncoordinated Storyline and Absence of Story Explanation
“Iblis Dalam Kandungan” begins with an intriguing opening that succeeds in drawing the audience’s attention. Atikah, a woman who is seven months pregnant, is abruptly informed that her unborn child has gone missing.
The local villagers accuse a jinn of impregnating her and kidnapping her child after learning that her husband is genuinely sterile. Atikah decides to kill herself after being shocked.
A larger sense of fear is anticipated from the rest of the novel because to this violent and potentially exciting introduction. Sadly, the remainder of the novel falls short of expectations.
The plot contains a number of oddities, such as Verdi (Ali Syakieb) quitting his job to care for his wife and family and spend more time with them, yet he never shows up, not even on their first night in the new house.
In addition, the plot seems hurried and disconnected. Many things appear unreasonable and ambiguous, such as the experienced senior massage therapist with long, well-groomed hair who readily becomes possessed and dies. It’s a totally useless scenario that takes up unnecessary screen time.
Additionally, the story’s background and explanation are conveyed insufficiently, overwhelming the viewer and separating them from the narrative. Furthermore, Nyai’s possession sequence during the finale makes it unclear who is in control of her until the point at which she collapses helplessly.
The Screen’s Return of Nafa Urbach
“Iblis Dalam Kandungan” is a widely awaited horror movie that also marks Nafa Urbach’s comeback to acting. Nafa Urbach displays her acting talents in the movie as Amelia, a wife who is seven months pregnant. Her performance is believable.
Nafa Urbach reportedly performed the scenes with actual raw flesh, without any editing, in the parts where Amelia is shown eating it as she is possessed. Sadly, her sacrifice was in vain because the camerawork didn’t pay enough attention to that particular scene. Viewers might not even be aware that Amelia is ingesting raw meat if they haven’t read the story beforehand.
There are other issues in addition to the poor photography and the uninteresting makeup used on the ghostly characters, which consists of white makeup with portrayed veins and unthreatening white eyes.
The extensive makeup feels out of character for a pregnant lady in a village who never leaves her house. The peasants with veneer teeth and tattooed eyebrows are likewise unwise choices.
The horror elements of “Iblis Dalam Kandungan” are presented fairly successfully. It makes use of unusual musical soundtracks, which thankfully don’t overwhelm or irritate the ears of the audience. With the help of numerous jump scares strewn throughout the movie, the set and locales successfully evoke a spooky mood.
“Iblis Dalam Kandungan” joins the list of forgettable clichéd horror flicks since its plot falls flat and offers nothing unique. This movie might only be appropriate for horror movie enthusiasts who don’t have any other options now showing in theatres because of the film’s lacklustre ghosts and average photography.