Horror movie gets new rating


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2004

BY ZIEMAN

PETALING JAYA: The revised U rating given to her first horror flick, Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam, has made director Shuhaimi Baba “the happiest director at this moment.” 

The RM2.5mil movie was initially categorised 18PL by the Home Ministry but the rating was revised after the film’s production company Pesona Pictures appealed to the Censorship Board. 

“I am very pleased that the authorities reviewed the movie and could rationalise and see our reasoning. I would like to thank everyone who had taken the initiative to see that the film got the U rating,” said Shuhaimi. 

She added that the approval was a good indication that the authorities were open to suggestions and new ideas.  

“I am sure this move will inspire other producers to be more creative and embark on new subjects in their future films.” 

For Shuhaimi, all the hassle to meet all the conditions set by the Censorship Board was worth it. 

“I am so glad it’s all over now. This piece of good news is worth all the sleepless nights I’ve had. Now the big job is to get Malaysians to come and watch this movie.” 

Shuhaimi said she tried to give her best in this movie. 

More than RM100,000 was spent on sound effects and the movie uses the Dolby Digital Surround sound system, which is used by Hollywood blockbusters. 

Shuhaimi also used computer generated images for the morphing sequence like the transformation from a human being into a pontianak with blood-shot eyes. 

Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam also stars Rosyam Nor, Ida Nerina, Kavita Sidhu, Eizlan Yusof, Nanu Baharudin, Aziz Sattar, Syarifah Aleya, Nadia Mustafa, Haiza, Yusmal Ghazali and Adam Hamid.  

The film is set for release nationwide at 32 cinemas simultaneously on May 20 while the charity gala is scheduled for May 14 at the TGV cinema, KLCC under the patronage of the Sultan of Selangor, in aid of the National Kidney Foundation. 

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