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Thomas Barker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528073

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528073.001.0001

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Horrifying Youth

Horrifying Youth

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Indonesian Cinema after the New Order

Thomas Barker

Hong Kong University Press

Horror film is one of the most popular genres in the new mainstream Indonesian cinema. Dismissed by most critics as cheap and commercialised, this chapter draws on scholarship that links horror cinema to allegorical representations of historical and national trauma. Through an examination of the narrative features of post-1998 horror, this chapter shows how horror films are used by the young generation of filmmakers to suggest and evoke the collective trauma of the New Order regime and its violence, especially the mass killings of 1965-1966 and the urban riots in May 1998. Two decades after reformasi, horror films remain as popular as ever, but have pointed towards more tangible efforts in justice and historical reconciliation.

Keywords:   horror, youth, trauma, Act of Killing, Suharto, mass killing, violence, revenge, ghosts

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