PARA BETINA PENGIKUT IBLIS on Netflix is a new horror movie from Indonesia. It mixes quite a few familiar elements and creatures from horror stories. Read our full Para Betina Pengikut Iblis movie review here!
PARA BETINA PENGIKUT IBLIS is a new Netflix horror movie from Indonesia with a runtime of just 1 hour and 30 minutes. This is good in itself, but you should expect a story that is somewhat jumbled.
In fact, it’s even unfinished as it ends with the words “to be continued”. So, consider yourself warned. Other than that it has both some really great scenes and quite a few moments that don’t quite hit the spot for me.
Continue reading our Para Betina Pengikut Iblis movie review below. Find it on Netflix from June 16, 2023.
Cannibalism, vampires, and witches… oh my?!
This Indonesian horror movie isn’t shy about utilizing all kinds of horror creatures. I both like that and find it to be a bit too excessive. I mean, the storyline almost gets hidden in the middle of introducing all these creatures.
Then again, the title of Para Betina Pengikut Iblis does translate into something along the lines of “The Females Follow the Demon”. And obviously, “the demon” can come in many forms as is made obvious here.
Also, it’s worth noting that the women in this movie are awesome. I mean, they are over-the-top and cruel in their actions. However, we also get to see why, so it makes sense to us as viewers.
Still, a movie that manages to begin with cannibalism, move onto a vampire story of sorts, and have a woman become an evil witch as well? It is a lot!
The cackling of the demon
Admittedly, I was intrigued when the main villain – a vampire demon of a sort – cackled. It sounds like a weird blend of a baby crying or laughing combined with a classic old lady cackling.
In a very “I’ll get you my pretty”-kind of way. It’s both a cool element in this Indonesian horror movie and one that ends up being grossly overused. Again, this movie has a runtime of just 90 minutes and this guy cackles a lot.
Will there be a Para Betina Pengikut Iblis 2?
Seeing as this first movie ends in the middle of its story with a “to be continued”-message, it seems impossible that there won’t be a sequel.
When we’ll see Para Betina Pengikut Iblis 2 is unknown (at least to us here at Heaven of Horror) at the time of writing this review.
While we all know that IMDb doesn’t show everything, it isn’t currently under the director’s “upcoming” productions. Instead, we find a comedy and a pandemic thriller there. Both are listed as being in “post-production”, so maybe this horror sequel is next?
Only time will tell, I suppose.
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The director of this Netflix horror movie from Indonesia is Rako Prijanto. A quick glance at his IMDb page shows that he tends to make many sequels, so I assume it’s part of his style.
His previous movie was also a horror movie. It has the title Bayi Ajaib and is one we also reviewed here at Heaven of Horror. It came out less than a month ago.
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While I did enjoy it more overall, we’re still given these two the same rating.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, because this director intrigues me, but his ideas are still a bit too jumbled for me. Director Rako Prijanto also wrote the screenplay with Anggoro Saronto. The two have worked a lot together, but not much in the horror genre. Not yet, anyway.
Para Betina Pengikut Iblis is on Netflix from June 16, 2023.
Director: Rako Prijanto
Writers: Anggoro Saronto, Rako Prijanto
Stars: Adipati Dolken, Derry Oktami, Hanggini, Hans de Kraker, Mawar de Jongh, Sara Fajira
Three women in a small village conceal dark secrets, including unholy alliances and a mysterious ingredient used in a popular curry restaurant.