The Forbidden Door

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Forbidden Door
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Forbidden Door movie poster
Directed by Joko Anwar
Produced by Sheila Timothy
Written by Joko Anwar
Based on Pintu Terlarang 
by Sekar Ayu Asmara
Starring Fachri Albar
Marsha Timothy
Ario Bayu
Otto Djauhari
Music by Aghi Narottama
Distributed by Lifelike Pictures
Release date(s)
  • January 2, 2009 (2009-01-02) (Indonesia)
Running time 115 minutes
Country Indonesia
Language Indonesian

The Forbidden Door (Indonesian: Pintu Terlarang) is a 2009 Indonesian horror film, directed by Joko Anwar. It is based on the novel Pintu Terlarang, written by Sekar Ayu Asmara. Joko Anwar won the Best of Puchon award at the 2009 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival,[1] and was nominated for the Golden Kinnaree Award at the 2009 Bangkok International Film Festival.



  • Fachry Albar ... Gambir
  • Marsha Timothy ... Talyda
  • Ario Bayu ... Dandung
  • Tio Pakusodewo ... Koh Jimmy
  • Henidar Amroe ... Menik Sasongko
  • Verdi Solaiman ... John Wongso
  • Putri Sukardi ... Ibu
  • Ake Firza Paloh ... Bapak
  • Atiqah Hasiholan ... Claudia
  • Kartika Jahja ... Ibu Mona


Original Soundtrack consist of 18 tracks divided into two parts, one part as band performer and another one as musical score. The score was filled by Mondo of Sore, Zeke Khaseli of Zeke and the Popo, Tika, Notturno, and Mantra band.


Bloody Disgusting's John Leal rated the film 8 out of 10 and wrote in his page; "Overall, The Forbidden Door is a highly recommended Indonesian effort whose storyline gives us a very unique experience that comes well written and with plenty of horror to offset and in fact compliment the drama. Anwar’s direction is equally amazing, giving us a full-frontal approach to the well-executed horror sequences that set this film apart from most of what I have seen in recent time".[2]

Twitch Film's Ard Vijn said in his page that; "Joko Anwar wants to keep his movies accessible for the general public while telling them an outrageous story at the same time, and like with "Kala" it's amazing how well he succeeds. "The Forbidden Door" looks gorgeous (despite its budget!) and jumps effortlessly from genre to genre without alienating its audience." Ard Vijn also wrote in his page that the audience at the IFFR awarded "The Forbidden Door" a very respectable 4.0 out of 5 so maybe people are used to a lot more gore than I expected...[3]

In 2009 at the New York Asian Film Festival, the film was described as a "19th century gothic novel adapted by Alfred Hitchcock and directed by David Lynch" and "one of the sickest, kinkiest movies".[4]


  1. ^ Schackleton, Liz (2009-07-24). "Forbidden Door takes top honours at PiFan". Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  2. ^ John Leal (2009) Forbidden Door review Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Vijn, Ard. February 05, 2009. Forbidden Door Conclusion. Twitch Film. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Guillen, Michael (2010-02-17). "SFIAAFF28: THE FORBIDDEN DOOR (PINTU TERLARANG, 2009): The Twitch Round-up". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 

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