It is a fact that Malaysians love the horror genre and, fortunately, this Halloween, there are plenty of shows to fulfil our hunger for the supernatural.
All this month, Golden Screen Cinemas has been celebrating Screens Of Terror with its line-up of horror movies like Mandy, Beddua, Malicious and Sabrina. Opening at GSC cinemas nationwide today are two more titles – Goosebumps 2 and Halloween.
Likewise, there are always horror-related series on TV.
Most recently Supernatural returned with its 14th season on AXN (Astro Ch 701), while The Walking Dead begins its ninth season on Fox HD (Astro Ch 724/unifi TV Ch 453) and American Horror Story enters Season Eight on FX HD (Astro Ch 726).
If you want some romance with your horror, check out these two highly-entertaining K-dramas on dimsum – Master’s Sun (starring Kong Hyo-jin and So Ji-seob) and Oh My Ghost! (starring Park Bo-young, Kim Seul-gi and Jo Jung-suk).
Here are some new horror shows that are available to spook you.
An anthology comprising six episodes with each one directed by a different director from a different Asian country.
The Malaysian episode directed by Ho Yuhang and titled Toyol will air on Nov 4. Bront Palarae stars as a member of Parliament who seeks out a shaman (Nabila Huda) to help him with a crisis in his town, which he believes has a supernatural bent.
The Haunting Of Hill House
Based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, the 10-episode series revolves around the Crain family, living in a haunted mansion called Hill House.
The series goes back and forth between past and present, revealing the goings-on in the house involving not only the living but ghosts that show up from time to time.
Starring Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Timothy Hutton, Michiel Huisman, Mckenna Grace and Annabeth Gish.
Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
The 1990s series Sabrina, The Teenage Witch – which is based on the Archie comics – was a light-hearted affair with a cheerful teenager dealing with adolescence as the central plot.
In this reboot, things are dark and dreary (same treatment the Archie comics got in the TV series Riverdale). Half-mortal, half-witch Sabrina Spellman is about to celebrate her 16th birthday, an important moment in a teen’s life. But besides all the teen drama, Sabrina must also face evil forces that are threatening her and the people she loves.
The series stars Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Ross Lynch and Michelle Gomez. Apparently, Salem (the talking cat) doesn’t get much screen time on the show. And it doesn’t talk.
Yet another reboot, this time of the 1998 series that ran for eight seasons.
In Charmed 2018, three sisters – Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) – are grieving over their mother’s death when they discover they are witches.
The three sisters must put aside their differences and work together to fight against the dark forces that are after them, and protect the innocent.
This anthology series – from executive producer of The Walking Dead and executive producer of The X-Files – enters its second season with more tales made from our nightmares.
It is based on Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast (Lore) as well new tales that are not from the podcast.
Bela Pur Ki Dayan
A 20-episode horror series from Pakistan revolving around a family moving into its ancestral home, only it is haunted.
As it turns out the ghost is none other than a relative who wants revenge and decides to destroy every member of the living family as they are descendents of the man who did her wrong.
Amar Khan, Adnan Siddiqui, Irfan Khoosat, Sarah Khan and Shakeel lead the cast.