The pontianak tells her story

Nur Fazura plays a mysterious beautiful woman who visits a kampung in Revenge Of The Pontianak.
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.
Director Glen Goei (above) and his crew filmed Revenge Of The Pontianak in an abandoned kampung in Malaysia. ST FILE PHOTO

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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe