The Jailangkung ceremony has returned to the big screen in a new and dramatic way compared to earlier films. ‘Jailangkung: Sandekala’ by Kimo Stamboel is rated 13+ or higher because it features a family drama as well as a menacing undertone.
‘Jailangkung: Sandekala’ is scheduled to start frightening viewers tomorrow, September 22, at theatres all around Indonesia. It stars talented performers Titi Kamal, Syifa Hadju, Dwi Sasono, Muzakki Ramadhan, and Giulio Parengkuan.
The plot of “Jailangkung: Sandekala” centres on a supernaturally terrifying encounter that a family has while on vacation. When they stray from their intended path and arrive at a ghostly tourist lake, things start to go south.
Their youngest child, Kinan (Muzakki Ramadhan), inexplicably vanishes at this scary place as the sun sets. The anxious family, with no leads other than a Jailangkung doll they discovered during their quest, is caught up in an illogical circumstance.
An fascinating sequence where a husband and wife perform a marriage ceremony in an effort to locate their missing child opens the movie. But instead of finding him, a bad thing happens to the family.
The story eventually reveals that the family’s vacation was meant to improve the tense bond between Sandra (Titi Kamal), the stepmother, and her son Niki (Syifa Hadju). Their divergent goals had frequently resulted in arguments, which prompted the family’s head (Dwi Sasono) to step in.
Kinan, the youngest child, asks for a quick pit stop along the way. Kinan inexplicably disappears during this little period of time alone, seemingly being taken hostage by an unknown force.
Unfortunately, the initial scenes provide the audience very little information, which obscures the reason for the dispute between the mother and daughter. The horror movie cliché of a mischievous youngster defying his sibling is used in “Jailangkung: Sandekala,” but it falls short of creating the kind of profound human connection that horror fans would hope for.
Particularly for aficionados of mystical tales who have enjoyed in prior horror films, the early portrayal of Kinan’s abduction lacks the desired terror atmosphere. Maybe the director accelerated the plot to produce a lot of dramatic moments.
‘Jailangkung: Sandekala’ manages to have a steady and compelling storyline despite its fast-paced beginning. The movie masterfully creates suspense and maintains viewer interest. At various points, unexpected twists are introduced, raising the level of anxiety.
The story’s ending marks the peak of the horror mood, which builds over the course of the narrative. The fear grows as the perpetrator of the horrible incidents is identified. The audience is enthralled by the intense combat, which includes both unarmed and deadly weapon combat, as well as the exciting chase scenes.
The utilisation of close-up techniques by the director Kimo Stamboel is one noteworthy element that enhances the horror experience. The audience can clearly see the athletes’ emotions through these shots. For instance, the frightening reactions of Baskara Mahendra and Taskya Namya when engaging with the uncanny doll elicit a mixture of worry and optimism. The camera also focuses on Sandra and Pipien Putri as Saidjah, which raises suspicion about the enigmatic figure and makes viewers wonder what secrets the elderly woman might be hiding.
The movie’s cinematography, nevertheless, is unable to counteract its glossy visuals, giving it a lifeless and washed-out aspect. The village ambiance is dead due to the pallid appearance of the forest, trees, lake, and smoke. It’s not obvious if this decision was made on purpose to create a dreary, withered atmosphere or if it was just an unlucky option that causes some annoyance.
In conclusion, ‘Jailangkung: Sandekala’ manages to live up to horror fans’ expectations with its spooky moments and a dash of gore, supplied by director Kimo Stamboel, despite its limitations. The cast’s performances, particularly their use of close-up views to portray deep emotions, add to the overall tense mood of the movie.