Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, deputy minister of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM) celebrated the global release of Don’t Look At The Demon - a local horror film featuring Hollywood actors that will be making its way to cinemas in over 20 countries in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (Sept 29).
Don’t Look At The Demon is also the first Malaysian film to be screened in the United States, paving the way for international success in future local productions.
The film follows a group of American paranormal investigators who travel to Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia, to investigate supernatural occurrences in a house that was built in the early 1970s. As they dive deeper into the investigation, they uncover dark secrets about the house that relates back to forbidden ancient Thai rituals.
The film will be released in over 20 countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Mongolia, Cambodia, US, Canada, United Kingdom, Poland and more.
Besides that, the film is also setting the bar for local productions as it enters the US market; it will be screened in more than 250 cinemas within the North American region.
Zahidi said: "This film provides an opportunity for people from other countries to learn and understand the cultures, traditions, and tourist attractions in Malaysia, which in turn may contribute to the improvement of the tourism sector.
"Now that we have entered the American market, we can strive for reaching new heights by aiming to obtain awards such as the Oscars, Emmy, and so forth, in the near future.”
Brando Lee, director and producer of Don’t Look At The Demon said: "With the global release of Don’t Look At The Demon, I hope to inspire local producers to reach for the stars and keep pushing forward to represent Malaysia on an international scale.
"The release of this film is not just my success, but it is the success of all of us in Malaysia, and I am extremely proud to set this benchmark and bring pride to our country.”
Don’t Look At The Demon opens at local cinemas nationwide on Oct 6. – Bernama