Murderous menstruating zombies in soft-porn horror flick "Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan".
The film "Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan" (The Menstruating Ghost of Puncak) according to a spirited attempt at scene setting by a local reviewer:
....tells of a large house. At the end, this house was sold by owner because he was always thinking about Putri, his son.
At that time, Putri's boyfriend angry because his desire was not fulfilled. Putri was weak because she was menstruating. Finally, it makes both of them died because of fights between them. Putri fell from the top floor, and her boyfriend died of affected electricity.
The new owners of new homes this large house was rented house used as a boarding house for a few young men and women. Since then the young men and women who lived in the house was plagued by a ghost. New home owners to bring the shaman to expel the ghosts, but failed.
It stars the personnel of pop group Trio Macan (right), Andi Soraya (left), Tesa Mariska, Ferly Putra, Rizky Mocil, and Andreano Phillips, is made by K2K Productions, and has the chilling tagline:
Setiap bulan sekali
Ia pasti kembali
Ketika para wanita
As the trailer suggests "Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan" features much semi-nude sex play and this has excited the thoughts of Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) leaders throughout the country, like in Depok, where local MUI leader KH Muhammad Idris Abdul Somad says that while freedom of expression is permitted within Islam, there had to be limits, limits which the menstruating zombie film had gone beyond.
The ideal form of freedom in Islam is that which does not violate societal norms.
Idris went on to say that the MUI was largely powerless in these matters and could only make representations to the Broadcasting Commission/Komisi Penyiaran Indonesia (KPI) and the Censorship Board/Lembaga Sensor Film (LSF) to improve their standards and consider removing the film from circulation. 
Meanwhile Amirsyah Tambunan of the MUI Jakarta branch was more forceful in his condemnations 
We demand that the LSF withdraw this film because it could damage the morals of the nation and is pornographic.
"Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan"
is released nationwide today , 4th February, but the release has been postponed due to threats from the Front Pembela Islam (FPI) or Islamic Defenders Front, to carry out raids on cinemas that screened the film.
“Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan” is released nationwide today.
Or maybe not…
This article from Kompas says it’s been pulled by the producers due to fears of FPI thuggery.
A shame, IMHO. I think I would have been perversely entertained by the B-grade-ness of it.
And it now misses out on a Golden Razzie nomination.
The Globe reported that the Islamonazis had succeeded in intimidating cinemas, but went on to get a denial from the company that made it.
‘However, Evelyn Hutagaol, from K2K, the production house behind the movie, said on Thursday that it would not be withdrawn, despite the controversy.
“The premiere [on Wednesday night] went very well in Jakarta,” she said. “Starting on Friday, it will air in cinemas across Indonesia.” Evelyn said the movie had been passed by the Film Censorship Board (LSF). “There’s no way we would have distributed a movie that did not pass,” she said. Speaking on Tuesday, LSF board member Firman Bintang said the furor was unwarranted.
“There’s always these rumors and more than likely this latest rumor is some kind of promotional gimmick for the film,” he said.’
Is making threats of violence illegal here or not? Why aren’t the police bringing in the FPI vermin?
kinda funny how this is developing, if you want to make your movie a succes all you have to do is make those archeological artefacts that call themselves the mui angry…
Well I updated the post, it does look like it’s semi postponed because of the FPI thing, although don’t know why they’re picking on this particular film, dime a dozen these sexy horror films.
Apart from the natural revulsion one experiences whenever hearing mention of the FPI, this latest threat needs to be closely analysed.
The MUI are quite entitled to recommend that Muslims not watch the movie, though of course most Muslims pay lttle heed to the silly old dingbats.
But the FPI reportedly threatened to invade the cinemas.
Now what If some Christians, Hindus or Buddhists are in there watching?
By the FPI’s own rules, it exists for Muslims (or to make Muslims as miserable and anti-social as the FPI themselves) and ipso facto should have no interest – apart from no right – to dictate what we non-Muslims do or see.
Have they offered any defence of this extension of their mandate?
FPI probably don’t realize the ironic fact that their antics just give the film publicity and make more people curious about it. That’s something all the religious-indignation-brigades, the world over, have in common.
I haven’t seen this particular film, but if it’s like all the other ghost/horror fests, then the good folks at FPI should be encouraging people to see it. Why? Because the storyline generally fits in with their own world view, i.e.:
- nothing bad happens to you if you are good, pure and/or innocent
- doing ‘bad’ things makes more bad things happen
- women are pretty much the embodiment of evil (and menstruating women are particularly so)
- if you have premarital sex then you will come to a horrible end
- there are vengeful spirits out there so make sure that you pray early and pray often
and so on.
This film still hasn’t been released. They’ve changed the title to Dendam Pocong Mupeng to make it less offensive…
Well, Patung, it’s on at Mal Ciputra (and Bioskop Slipi) this week, and we went to see it yesterday. What a bunch of rubbish.
The opening was indeed a quarrel between two people, who both died, though it wasn’t clear why. The Trio Macan must have been scattered about the cast, because despite my enthusiasm for that little band, no sign of them as a group.
The actresses were beautiful, as is to be expected of almost all Indoesian ladies, but that was all that made it watchable.
There was no actual nudity, unless you count people hiding under bathwater or behind shower curtains, and the pocong not only spoke – not what pocongs do! – but also waved his arms about, which they’re unable to do in real life/death!
For a corpse, indeed, he was remarkably spritely, no hopping to and fro like a regular potchie, but actually capable of having his evil way with a busty dukun-ess brought in to exorcise him.
Yeah, a few laughs, but not a thrill of true horror throughout the entire performance.
I’d forgotten it was a re-named issue of the one you started this thread about, but now I wonder what on earth the goaties were getting so upset about.
All the young Muslims watching it emerged morally unscathed, probably just as disappointed as we were (we like potchies, but only if they are the right stuff!)
Thanks Ross, Chris sms’ed me that it was on in Surabaya and urged me to go see it so I could do a review here but you’ve saved me the trouble and as I explained to him the wife absolutely hates pocong movies so would have had to go on my lonesome.
So which one was better/worse?
Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan / Dendam Pocong Mupeng
I know you are a bit biased towards the latter and in particular its star Dewi Perssik, but try to give an independent opinion…
Having seen the latter myself, I hope HPDB/DPM isn’t much worse…
Paku Kuntilanak, Dude, though I admit I viewed it through peach-coloured spectacles!
But it is fair to say that movie serem are not what they used to be. The original series of Kuntilanak 1, 2, 3 etc and the similarly numbered Pocong, were much better, scarier and with a better standard of humour!
While I can see the value in lots of cuties showering visibly, not least because it upsets the MUI and FPI, producers are currently going overboard with what they fondly imagine is soft porn. It interferes with the goose-bumps.