At the Samudra Beach Hotel on the south coast of Java, there is a room forever reserved for a unique guest: Nyi Roro Kidul, the Queen of the Southern Sea in Indonesian mythology. Room 308 is completely furnished and features several paintings of the female spirit, as well as offerings, flowers, and altars. People visit the room, which is guarded by a “spiritual doorman,” to meditate and pray for their welfare.
This curious little room is the inspiration for Indonesian director Jose Poernomo’s new film, 308. It’s not about people traveling to the hotel to pray though – that would be boring as hell – it’s about a group of believers intending to use the room for much more sinister reasons. Mixing elements of horror with regional folklore and fantasy, 308 is a pretty tense ride and the type of slow-burn horror I really dig. Poernomo takes his time dishing out little clues and bits of exposition so by the time the shit hits the fan, there’s some real weight to the terror. I was confused a bit about some elements of the spirit, but overall the whole ride is interesting and delivers some well-earned scares. READ MORE