It is still early to say, but Timo Tjahjanto is becoming one of the most interesting filmmakers in the Indonesian panorama. Besides being part of the chapter anthologies The ABCs of Death (2012) and V/H/S/2 (2013), he formed a filmmaking duo with Kimo Stamboel where they called themselves The Mo Brothers and released some notorious films like Macabre (2009), Killers (2014) and Headshot (2016). This year he released another movie, the frantic action extravaganza The Night Comes for Us (2018), this time himself being the sole writer and director. That movie is also part of the Netflix catalog and is a very recommended title for the genre lovers that we had the honor to watch on a big screen at the Sitges Film Festival this year [read our review here].
But Timo Tjahjanto had another surprise ready for us, May the Devil Take You (2018), this time a pure horror story about a young woman who together with her stepsister seeks answers at the old family villa after her father mysteriously fell into a coma. But, as happens in these cases, the place hides more than she expects and dark secrets come to light. The unsolved death of her mother seems to play a key factor in the perturbing events that are haunting the family.
May the Devil Take You (2018) is starred by Chelsea Islan, who already appeared in Timo Tjahjanto’s Headshot (2016), and Ray Sahetapy, one of the stars of the most important Indonesian action film of the last decade, The Raid: Redemption (2011). With them, Pevita Pearce, Karina Suwandhi, Samo Rafael, Hadijah Shahab, Ruth Marini, Kinaryosih and Clara Bernadeth also star.
Some media has compared May the Devil Take You (2018) to classics of the genre like Sam Raimi’s essential The Evil Dead (1981). Those are big words and do nothing but to create more expectations for the movie. So now you know, this weekend save a couple of hours for Netflix and couch and enjoy May the Devil Take You (2018). You can watch the trailer here: