Impetigore, a Indonesian horror film from writer-director Joko Anwar, follows Maya (Tara Basro), who has inherited a house in her ancestral village. Maya and her friend Dini (Marissa Anita) travel to the property to look into selling it. However, Maya is unaware that the people of the village community are set on tracking her down in order to remove a curse, which they can only do by killing her.
Many of the technical aspects of the film were applauded, including its pacing, intensity and suspense. A rave review on RogerEbert.com read, “Following the electrifying opening sequence, (Anwar) shifts gears to slow-burn mode, proving he is just as capable at ratcheting up the suspense via a more deliberate and measured approach.”
In another positive review, Box Office Prophets emphasized just how horrifying and disturbing the contents of the film were, warning that viewers would “likely lose sleep” after watching it. The review also praised Anwar’s “masterful, hypnotic approach,” which resulted in a film that was a “gripping — if terrifying — experience.”