Sexploitation knows no national boundaries.
‘Menstruating ghost’ film stirs controversy
By Adam Gartrell in JakartaÂ |Â From: AAPÂ |Â February 04, 2010Â | www.news.com.au
A NEW Indonesian horror movie about a menstruating ghost has the country’s clerics up in arms.
Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan – The Menstruating Ghost of Puncak – opened in Jakarta today ahead of a planned national run.
But it’s become the latest in a long line of films to fall foul of the Indonesian Council of Ulemas, or MUI.
The religious body has prohibited Muslims from watching the film because of its sexual and violent content.
“The film is filled with pornography, which indulges the libido and, based on our research, it contains violence,” the MUI’s Amirsyah Tambunan told Kompas.com.
“We urge the LSF to use its power to stop the movie from being screened because it could damage the nation’s morals.”
The trailer for the film, available on YouTube, shows several scenes of young female star Andi Soraya in various stages of undress.
It also shows a man’s head being sliced off, a man’s head being crushed beneath a car, a man’s heart being pulled from his chest and a woman’s eye being gouged out with a saw.
Indonesia’s Film Censorship Board (LSF) said the MUI had not asked it to ban the film.
Board member Firman Bintang said he believed the film’s producers had whipped up the controversy as a “promotional gimmick”.
Indonesians widely ignore the MUI’s prohibitions.