The pontianak tells her story

In remaking the classic horror tales of the 1960s and 1970s, director Glen Goei takes a fresh angle by presenting the female ghost's point of view

Nur Fazura plays a mysterious beautiful woman who visits a kampung in Revenge Of The Pontianak. PHOTO: TIGER TIGER PICTURES
Director Glen Goei (above) and his crew filmed Revenge Of The Pontianak in an abandoned kampung in Malaysia. ST FILE PHOTO
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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 and bent on murder and destruction for its own sake. She is, in a literal sense, demonised.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2019, with the headline The pontianak tells her story. Subscribe