KKN DI DESA PENARI (2020) Reviews of Indonesian horror [updated]

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KKN Di Desa Penari is a 2020 Indonesian horror film about five students carrying out community service in a remote village. They are warned not to cross the boundary of the forbidden gate that leads to the mysterious place related to the figure of a beautiful dancer who has been disturbing them. The original title translates as “Community Service Program in Penari Village”.

Directed by Awi Suryadi (Danur franchise; Death Whisper; Asih; Clown of the Dead) from a screenplay written by Gerald Mamahit and Lele Laila, based on a story by Simple Man.

The MD Pictures-Pichouse Films production stars Tissa Biani Azzahra, Achmad Megantara, Calvin Jeremy and Adinda Thomas.

“The majestic impression that Suryadi has successfully attached to the film’s technical quality is quite successful in making KKN in Penari Village comfortable to watch. The dark atmosphere that Suryadi is trying to build also appears to be quite effective in presenting the horror – although it is rarely frightening.” Amir at the Movies [translated from Indonesian]

“Throughout the film, we are unable to get into each of the characters whose motivations are fuzzy. Limited information that is built is not able to build an element of mystery intensely. Moreover, the boundary between the character and the supernatural figure becomes too close, which makes the element of horror slowly fade away.” Montase Film [translated from Indonesian]

“This film feels bad because the current one feels like a complementary selling product, a complement to its virality. The makers didn’t do much to bring it to life and make it into the film. The characters have no plot. Super standard scenes. Telling stories in a monotone tone, just a scare ride.” 2/10 My Dirt Sheet [translated from Indonesian]

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