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by azhariah 'jangan pandang belakang' kamin
‘We weren’t sure if we were shooting Thriller, or Black Or White ... so we went for the all-in-one.'
Malaysians love their horror stories so it's no surprise that we have some of our own scary screen gems, too.
IN recent years the Malaysian movie industry has seen an explosion in the popularity of horror movies. Subjects such as possession and exorcism feature prominently in these films, and you can also expect to see witch doctors and pontianak (female vampires), quite often in a rural setting.
After going through a long list of local horror movies, here are my Top Five:
A self-confessed non-fan of horror movies, I must admit that Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam (2004) written and directed by Shuhaimi Baba, tops my list.
Undoubtedly, for most, this is the movie that helped spark the recent surge of Malaysian horror films.
With beautiful Maya Karin starring as Meriam, a murdered woman who returns from the grave as a vengeful vampire in pursuit of those responsible for her death, it was a major box office success, and was followed by a sequel in 2005.
Next up is Chermin (2007), also known as Mirror, which is about a young woman named Nasrin (Natasha Hudson) whose face is disfigured in a car crash. She falls into despair over the loss of her beauty. Then her mother discovers an antique mirror, one which allows Nasrin to see her face as it used to be. But the magic of the mirror comes with a terrible price which soon results in murder. The movie also starred Deanna Yusoff and Khatijah Tan.
After this we have Susuk (2008). Diana Rafar stars as Soraya, a nurse in training who begins to long for a career in showbiz. When she fails to achieve her dreams of stardom, she turns to black magic to succeed. At the same time, we also follow Suzana (Ida Nerina), a superstar who’s been engaging in black magic for years to gain and retain her popularity. The paths of each woman twists and turns until they finally intertwine in a shocking climax.
Horror comedy Zombi Kampung Pisang (2007) is the fourth on my list. Directed by Mamat Khalid, the setting is a typical Malay kampung, isolated in the forest and with no mobile phone coverage. It all begins when village elder Pak Abu collapses.
Physician Sufian and bomoh Jabit are quick to attend to him, but they cannot help. Then Pak Jabit himself collapses while at Abu’s bedside – swiftly doubling the number of corpses in the quiet village.
In a short while, Kampung Pisang finds itself swept by a rising epidemic that turns its victims into zombies. Those spared by the contagion then have to face an onslaught of the undead, hungering for their brains.
Rounding out the list is another horror comedy, Hantu Gangster (2012). Directed by Namewee, it tells of three gangs that have ruled a small town for the past 50 years. After the three leaders die mysteriously, each of their sons tries to take over the others’ territory.
By escaping from the Angel of Death, the three leaders return from the grave to save their children from a bloody fate at the hands of their rivals. In a classic case of “wrong place, wrong time” a petty thief named Te Sai becomes their only hope.
East or West: Who scares the best?
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Entertainment, Horror Movie, Malay, Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam, Susuk, Chermin, Zombi Kampung Pisang, Hantu Gangster
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