The Forbidden Door – Indonesia, 2009 – reviews


The Forbidden Door – aka Pintu Terlarang – is a 2009 Indonesian horror film, directed by Joko Anwar, and starring Fachri Albar, Marsha Timothy, Ario Bayu and Otto Djauhari. It is based on the novel Pintu Terlarang, written by Sekar Ayu Asmara.

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The life of a successful sculptor is turned upside down when he begins receiving mysterious messages from someone who asks for his help…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The gore freak in me was pleased at the final part of the movie where family and friends are seated at dinner and our lead character exacts some much needed revenge. The whole scene is set to some Christmas music and it’s a funny balance of pretty gruesome violence and happy songs playing in the background. Overall a very enjoyable flick with plenty of really twisted ideas and shots in it.” The Film Reel

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“It’s been a long time since a film has come along that’s been so playfully weird and yet so skillfully constructed. For fans of David Lynch and even Alejandro Jodorowsky (comparisons cannot help but be made) this is one for you, a twisted and gleefully bizarre tail. It’s a mystery full of unexpected turns that confound expectations and keep one glued to the screen for the full two-hour running time.” Quiet Earth


The Forbidden Door is a movie that truly deserves multiple viewings to be better appreciated and understood. It is far from being perfect (some plot points drag a bit too long and the editing has a few problems as well) but I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s next for Joko Anwar.” Daily Dose of Horror

Cast and characters:

  • Fachri Albar as Gambir
  • Marsha Timothy as Talyda/Ranti
  • Ario Bayu as Dandung
  • Otto Djauhari as Rio
  • Tio Pakusadewo as Koh Jimmy
  • Henidar Amroe as Menik Sasongko
  • Arswendi Nasution as Abortion Clinic Guy
  • Atiqah Hasiholan as Claudia/Receptionist
  • Verdi Solaiman as John Wongso
  • Putri Sukardi as Mom
  • Ade Firza Paloh as Dad
  • Kartika Jahja as Mona




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One Comment on “The Forbidden Door – Indonesia, 2009 – reviews”

  1. Where in the hell can I buy this movie!!?? I’ve been looking for a while now. I can’t find it anywhere. Searched; Amazon US, Amazon UK, EBay, even searched using Pintu Terlarang and Googled the hell out of it. I found a blog that said he found the DVD, but the link is no longer active. Anybody help?

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