Joko Anwar announces sequel to 2017 remake of cult horror classic ‘Pengabdi Setan’

The remake of iconic Indonesian horror film ‘Pengabdi Setan’ (Satan’s Slave), which was released in 2017, left us with some unanswered questions. Five years later, we’ll get to see what happens next to the cursed family at the center of the story. Photo: Instagram/@jokoanwar
The remake of iconic Indonesian horror film ‘Pengabdi Setan’ (Satan’s Slave), which was released in 2017, left us with some unanswered questions. Five years later, we’ll get to see what happens next to the cursed family at the center of the story. Photo: Instagram/@jokoanwar

Are you ready to meet Ibu again in 2022?

The remake of iconic Indonesian horror film Pengabdi Setan (Satan’s Slave), which was released in 2017, left us with some unanswered questions. Five years later, we’ll get to see what happens next to the cursed family at the center of the story. 

Filmmaker Joko Anwar, who wrote and directed the modern adaptation of the cult classic, yesterday announced that its sequel will haunt us this year.

“She will come again. Soon. This year. In cinemas. Ready?” Joko wrote in the caption with a #PengabdiSetan2 hashtag.

Joko has kept details about Pengabdi Setan 2 close to his chest so far, but Sunil Samtani, the producer from the film’s production house Rapi Film, shared that the shoot is still ongoing and entering its final production stages.

“[The film will be screened] between June-July until December. Because Pengabdi Setan is a huge IP. So we hope we can reach 100 percent audience occupancy in cinemas. Who knows,” Sunil said yesterday.

The original Pengabdi Setan, directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra and released in Indonesia in 1982, has attained cult status not just domestically but also globally ⁠— often lauded as one of the scariest films to ever come out of Asia.

The 2017 version follows the now-poor family of Bahri Suwono or “Bapak” (Bront Palarae), who’s haunted by the death of the mother or “Ibu,” Mawarni Suwono (Ayu Laksmi), after being bedridden from a strange illness for years. The film also stars Tara Basro as the eldest daughter Rini, as well as appearances from Dimas Aditya, Egi Fedly, Asmara Abigail, and Fachri Albar.

The horror flick became a huge success and came out as one of the highest-grossing domestic Indonesian films in 2017, leading to international releases in at least 42 countries including neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, Japan, and even as far as Germany and the United States.

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