‘Believing is seeing’
The 3rd Eye – original title: Mata Batin [“Inner Eyes”] is a 2017 Indonesian supernatural horror feature film directed by Rocky Soraya (Suzzanna: Bernapas dalam Kubur; Sabrina; producer of Tarot; Rumah Gurita) from a screenplay by Riheam Junianti and Fajar Umbara, based on Soraya’s storyline. The Hitmaker Studios production stars Jessica Mila, Denny Sumargo and Citra Prima.
Alia is forced to return to Jakarta after her parents die because she had to take care of Abel, her sister. They move into their childhood home but Abel does not like the house because she thinks there is a disturbing figure. However, Alia does not believe her sister. Until finally Abel says that Alia must open her inner eyes to be able to see what she saw…
“At first, it seems like you’re watching a movie along the lines of Paranormal Activity or maybe even The Ring. Next, it looks more like scenes out of The Exorcist. Finally, there are moments that seem straight out of Evil Dead. Oh yeah, there is quite a bit of blood and limbs flying all over the place. You will certainly be entertained.” Karin Adelgaard, Heaven of Horror
” …this is a rather solid and entertaining horror flick, especially for fans of possession / supernatural-related cinema. Similarly to The Conjuring, The 3rd Eye takes tiresome concepts and turns them into some enjoyable 105 minutes.” Luca Pincelli, Horror World & Reviews
” .. a routine situational horror about two girls who can see dead people. The Netflix film bores you to the core, giving you an overhanging second act where Alia can see dead people for the first time and spends an outrageous amount of screen time running away from a spooky situation…” Daniel Hart, Ready Steady Cut!
“With lacklustre acting, a clichéd story full of the usual horror tropes you’d expect and an over-reliance on jump scares, The 3rd Eye is a throwaway horror at best, one that fails to live up to its intriguing concept in a meaningful way.” Greg Wheeler, The Review Geek
Mata Batin was released in Indonesia on 30 November 2017. It was made available on Netflix in 2018 as The 3rd Eye.
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