Kimo Stamboel

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Kimo Stamboel
Mochammad Stamboel

(1980-06-25) June 25, 1980 (age 44)
  • Director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active2004–present

Kimo Stamboel (born Mochammad Maliki Stamboel on 25 June 1980) is an Indonesian film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for his works on the horror genres both as himself and also as part of The Mo Brothers with friend Timo Tjahjanto.

Stamboel launched his filmmaking career in 2004 with the release of his directorial debut Bunian in 2004 and achieved mainstream success with the release of slasher hit Macabre (also known as Rumah Dara) in 2009.[1] The duo received a Citra Award for Best Director nomination in 2016 for Headshot.

Early life


Kimo went to school in Australia, where he met future collaborator Timo Tjahjanto.[2]



2004–2016: Directorial debut and The Mo Brothers


In 2004, Stamboel released his feature film debut Bunian based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Virra I. Dewi. The shooting took place in Sydney, Australia, where he was studying at the time.[3] Filming took place over the course of 2002 and 2003 as the crew and cast were only available during the weekends.[3] Timo Tjahjanto, who would later become his partner as The Mo Brothers, worked on the film as a freelance cameraman.[3]

Working together as co-directors for the first time, Tjahjanto and Stamboel released the 2007 short film Dara.[4] The short was later included in the 2008 anthology film Takut: Faces of Fear. Well received by the public, they decided to develop a feature film based on the short and released Macabre in 2009 with Julie Estelle and Shareefa Daanish in the lead roles.[5] The film received praise during its run at several film festivals and launched the two into mainstream recognition. Stamboel and Tjahjanto appeared among the patrons of Herosase in Joko Anwar's The Forbidden Door.[6]

Stamboel and Tjahjanto then directed, produced, and wrote the horror-thriller Killers which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It received positive reviews upon release with a 73% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Their next project was the 2016 action film Headshot which stars Iko Uwais and Chelsea Islan. For their work on Headshot, Stamboel and Tjahjanto were nominated for Best Director at the 2016 Citra Award but lost to Riri Riza (Athirah).

2017–present: DreadOut, The Queen of Black Magic, and upcoming projects


Stamboel's next project was announced in 2018 to be an adaptation of popular horror-fantasy online game DreadOut.[7] He began writing a screenplay for the film adaptation in 2014 but eventually decided to create an origin story while working closely with the game developers.[7] The film was released in January 2019. While working on DreadOut, Stamboel also served as a co-producer in Timo Tjahjanto's The Night Comes for Us which was released by Netflix in October 2018.[7]

He followed this up with the release of The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu Ilmu Hitam), a remake of the 1981 horror classic film of the same name produced by Rapi Films in November 2019.[8] Joko Anwar wrote the screenplay while Ario Bayu and Hannah Al Rashid lead the ensemble cast. At the 2020 Citra Award, the film won two awards out of six nominations with Ade Firman Hakim winning Best Supporting Actor and Gaga Nugraha winning Best Visual Effects.[9]

In February 2020, Stamboel's directing partner Timo Tjahjanto on his Twitter account hinting at a possible sequel to Macabre.[10] However, no official confirmation has been made.

Stamboel will replace Rizal Mantovani in the director's seat of the third Jailangkung film.[11] He will also co-write the screenplay with Rinaldy Puspoyo.[11] The film will have a new cast with Citra Award nominated actress Titi Kamal (Mendadak Dangdut), Dwi Sasono, Syifa Hadju, and Muzakki Ramdhan in starring roles.[11]


Year Film Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2004 Bunian Yes Yes No Yes
2013 V/H/S/2 No No Yes No Segment: 'Safe Haven'
2018 The Night Comes for Us No No Yes No
2019 Portals No No Yes No Segment: 'Sarah'
2019 DreadOut Yes Yes Yes No
2019 The Queen of Black Magic Yes No No No
2022 Ivanna Yes No No No
2022 Jailangkung: Sandekala Yes Yes No No
2023 Blood Curse Yes Yes No No Web series
2023 Sewu Dino Yes No No No
2024 Dancing Village: The Curse Begins Yes No No No
TBA One Good Thing Yes No No No

As The Mo Brothers

Year Film Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2007 Dara Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
2008 Takut: Faces of Fear Yes Yes Yes Yes Segment: 'Dara'
2009 Macabre Yes Yes Yes No
2014 Killers Yes Yes Yes No
2016 Headshot Yes Yes No No

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Notes
2007 Freak Show Horror Film Festival Audience Choice Award Dara Won as The Mo Brothers
2007 New York City Horror Film Festival Audience Award Won
2009 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Best of Bucheon Macabre Nominated
2010 Jakarta International Film Festival Best Indonesian Film Won
2011 KasKus untuk Film Indonesia Best Film Won
2016 Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival Best Bloodbath Honorable Mention for International Film Killers Won
L'Étrange Festival International Feature Film Headshot Won as The Mo Brothers

shared with They Call Me Jeeg

36th Citra Award Best Director Nominated as The Mo Brothers
2020 Sitges Film Festival Midnight X-Treme Award Ratu Ilmu Hitam Won [12]


  1. ^ "Kimo Stamboel: Profil". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  2. ^ Media, Kompas Cyber (5 March 2020). "Profil Timo Tjahjanto, Sutradara Film Sebelum Iblis Menjemput". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  3. ^ a b c Media, Kompas Cyber (21 April 2020). "Cerita Kimo Stamboel Bikin Film Horor Berbekal Handycam Halaman all". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  4. ^ "FILM - Rumah Dara (2009)". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  5. ^ Stamboel, Kimo; Tjahjanto, Timo (2009-10-08), Macabre (Drama, Horror, Thriller), Shareefa Daanish, Julie Estelle, Ario Bayu, Sigi Wimala, Gorylah Pictures, Merah Production, Guerilla Visuals, retrieved 2021-01-23
  6. ^ "Timo Tjahjanto". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  7. ^ a b c Priherdityo, Endro. "Kisah Kimo Stamboel Terpincut Cerita 'DreadOut'". hiburan (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  8. ^ Media, Kompas Cyber (25 March 2019). "Dua Pria yang Bikin Zara JKT48 Berani Main Film Horor". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  9. ^ "Daftar lengkap pemenang dan nominasi 'Festival Film Indonesia 2016'". Rappler. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  10. ^ "Sekuel Horor Rumah Dara Berpeluang Ditukangi Timo Tjahjanto, Seperti Apa Jadinya?". Warta Ekonomi. 2020-02-28. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  11. ^ a b c News, Tagar (2017-12-23). "Kimo Stamboel Hadirkan Titi Kamal di Jailangkung 3". TAGAR (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-01-23. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  12. ^ developer, mediaindonesia com (2020-10-19). "Ratu Ilmu Hitam Menang di Sitges 2020 Spanyol". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-01-23.