According to my note, about 20 or 41% of Indonesian films released in 2007 are horror. The trend was then continuing in 2008 where about 18% (of 77 movies) horror produced. This is a great decrease. But regarding the history, since 1940s, the horror genre prevails in Indonesia. The market has never been really saturated.
Indonesian industry of film (and television, actually) until now still considers this genre as super talisman for the selling. The talisman has recently been worth, indeed. Moreover, there was a bonus to dearest filmmaker: making the horrors is always cheaper than, say, the dramas. One of reasons, this genre did not require any big star. Just put the newbie on and amazingly the tickets sold out yet.
Moreover, the Department of Culture and Tourism in Indonesia had opened the booth for selling Indonesian movies at international film festivals like Cannes every year since 2007.
Some of those movies are horror. Surprisingly, it sold well, including to some distributors in Europe.How come the horror attract the “left brain” people, I don’t know.
However, in Indonesia, horror movies are never dies because moviegoers here so enjoyed them. We would love to be scared off. Nothing is wrong with that. A spectator watched action movie for be astonished and felt like gasp, watched comedy for getting huge laugh. And watched horror, what else, for being scared!
But excessive things have it own side effect, don’t they? While other people had never problem with walking everywhere s/he likes and works overtime until midnight, we, the Indonesian? Taking one foot step away, we will anxious. Beginning to feel how if in that corner a “thing” could suddenly show up. So many supernatural beings that Indonesian citizen must afraid of!
Yes, those supernatural beings do exist, if you ask me. Don’t believe it? Come to Indonesia and ask for it to the natives. Each region and culture has its own supernatural being. Just, I wonder why some Indonesian is willing to waste their time for something not supposed to be human business like that.
Take a look closer here, lottery fortune teller is still in demand, we also still believe in tarot, oracle service via Short Message Service, etc. Even some of youngster who represented modern logic generation depends on astrology for living their life. If not, why they keep on expecting horoscope rubric in youth and cosmopolitan media?
Some said our society is spiritual, precisely: too much believe. This is a question of culture. So how will Indonesian movies sterile from horror genre?
Question by : Videographers & Filmmakers: Do you subscribe to any of those film/video magazines?
if so, which one? I’m a videographer.
Answer by anjana j
Hey you could check out a range of magazines at Magazine Cafe www.magazinecafestore.com..They have a photography tab
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A short interview with “Daddy Longlegs” directors Josh and Benny Safdie at their New York Red Bucket Films studio. Shot and edited by Jamie Stuart, interview by Scott Macaulay.
Video Rating: 5 / 5