Revenge Of The Pontianak took in $256,000 in first weekend, best for any recent Malay movie

The Revenge Of The Pontianak is the story of a ghost that haunts a village in the 1960s. PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES

SINGAPORE - The Revenge Of The Pontianak, a horror movie co-directed by Singaporean film-maker Glen Goei, has scored the highest-grossing weekend take of any Malay-language movie in recent years.

Since it opened last Thursday (Aug 29), the story of a ghost that haunts a village in the 1960s has grossed $256,000, as of Sunday. It opened across 24 screens.

The weekend take surpasses that of recent Malay-language titles, such as Satan's Slaves (2017), Dukun (2018) and Hantu Kak Limah (2018), which are all horror titles.

Co-directed by Goei and Malaysian actor and director Gavin Yap, the film is a nostalgic update of the classic local movies of the 1960s, which are based on South-east Asian folk tales of dead women who return as ghouls, typically after dying while giving birth.

It stars Malaysian actors Nur Fazura and Remy Ishak, in the title role and the male lead, respectively. Singaporean actors Shenty Feliziana and Hisyam Hamid play supporting characters.

The film will be released in Malaysian cinemas from Sept 12.

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