‘If it’s bad, it’s good’: Director duo bringing back Indonesian B-movies – Fri, October 15 2021

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Yudhistira Agato (The Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta   ●  
Fri, October 15 2021

Amer Bersaudara’s brand of extreme and absurd exploitation horror movies has carved it a niche within the landscape of Indonesian cinema, but it remains an uphill battle.

Admitting that they have “bad taste in movies,” Azzam Fi Rulah and Alzein Putra Merdeka, known as Amer Bersaudara (Amer Brothers), are a young film-making duo trying to find a place in the Indonesian independent cinema scene. With their love for campy, low-budget motion pictures, often referred to as B movies, this has not been easy. In the last few years, the duo have produced some wacky and provocative titles such as Pocong Hiu Unleashed (Ghost Shark Unleashed, pocong is a mythical ghost in the form of a white-shrouded ghoul that hops around), Rangsangan Gaib, which has official international title of Corpsegasm, Sebuah Film Karya Setan (A Film by Satan) and more. The goal is to revive a genre that once, for better or worse, ruled Indonesian cinemas.

Thanks to VHS and pirated VCDs, 28 year-old Azzam grew up on horror movies. He found them scary, and yet strangely addictive.

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