In Revenge Of The Pontianak, Singapore film-maker Glen Goei humanises the female ghost

Still from the film Revenge Of The Pontianak.
Still from the film Revenge Of The Pontianak.PHOTO: TIGER TIGER PICTURES

SINGAPORE - Growing up in the 1970s, Glen Goei loved the classic pontianak films on television. But something about the movies based on old myths of a vengeful female spirit never sat well with him.

In many parts of Asia, the she-ghost is consistently assumed to be wicked, bent on murder and destruction for its own sake. She is, in a literal sense, demonised.

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