Show Unit:A young man is forced to cover up a crime after he accidentally kills his girlfriend’s young daughter but this crime won’t go unpunished, somebody witnessed the horrible deed, hid the child’s body and demands a ransom for the corpse’s whereabouts!
Incarnation of Naya:Instead of attending a religious ceremony to honor her deceased loved ones, Naya opts to seduce her cousin instead but the spirits will have their day and they are a very convincing lot.
Peeper:A sleazy peeping tom gets the thrill of his life when he peeps in on a beautiful dancer but not all is as it seems and sometimes the person behind the monster mask is still a monster.
The List:A vengeful ex-girlfriend hires a witchdoctor to punish the man who scorned her but curses go both ways!
The Rescue:The world is on the verge of ruin, mankind has been reduced to flesh-eating zombies and a team of soldiers must rescue a little girl and her brother, the last humans in the city, or die trying.
Dara:All the young men love the beautiful and successful Dara and she loves them too…in stews, casseroles, stir fry…
Being the rabid, at times insatiable, Asian horror film fan that I am, I just had to check out the Indonesian horror anthology Takut: Faces of Fear. Did it help when I found out that legendary horrormeister Brian Yuzna would be producing alongside Sauna and Iron Sky producer San Fu Maltha? Truthfully yes, it did. Yuzna may not have the greatest track record with horror but the man has made some damn good flicks in his day so, yeah, I was willing to give him a shot and check out this fright flick. I figured at the very least the much-lauded Mo Brothers would prove to be the filmmaking team to keep an eye on.
Takut features six short films, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, each with a completely unrelated tale of terror to tell. Now if somebody had only told me these tales were horror-lite and nothing more than childish morality plays with silly, predictable finales I might have saved myself the time and trouble and watched something decidedly more mature. I really hate writing a negative review for Asian horror because I love most of it, even when it’s really bad, but this felt so…Sunday school. Most of the shorts had some “lesson” to be learned and that bothered the hell out of me. I get it, “Do evil and your sins will find you out.” Don’t preach, scare, it’s horror.
While an entry or two might have been a bit sexy (there was no nudity though), and one gross (it had bugs), the only real standout in this film was the Mo Brothers’ Dara, a short they’ve already gone on to adapt into a full-length feature film entitled Rumah Dara. I can’t say it was “scary “but I’ll be damned if Dara isn’t the best of the lot, it reminded me quite a bit of Miike’s Audition and Moeithaisong’s The Meat Grinder. The Mo’s use of darkness was highly effective, the gore was bloody and relaistic, the tension was pitch perfect throughout the entire short and the beautiful Shareefa Daanish was impeccable as the psychotic Dara. Yuzna and Maltha found a winner with Dara, the rest of this film was filler.
After finishing Takut I was left with the distinct feeling that the entire film was nothing more than an excuse to get The Mo Brothers short out into theaters and on DVD. Whether that’s true or not I have no idea but I can say this, they saved the best for last and they must have done something right because the only short from this film that ended up being made into a full-length film was Dara. Go figure.
Anyhow, check if out if you have to. I’d pass on a purchase.