PRESENTING A SERIES OF FEATURE FILMS MADE BEFORE AND AFTER INDEPENDENCE, THIS SERIES EXPLORES MALAYAN IDENTITIES THROUGH THE LENS OF THE SUPERNATURAL. THE FILMS DEAL WITH PARANORMAL ENTITIES SUCH AS THE ORANG MINYAK (OILY MAN), PONTIANAK (FEMALE VAMPIRE), AMONG MANY MANY OTHERS. BE VERY AFRAID!
THIS SERIES WILL BE PRESENTED FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES BY IMPROVISATION ACTORS BASED ON THE UNDOUBTEDLY EXTREMELY POPULAR RUSSELL LEE “TRUE SINGAPORE GHOST STORIES” SERIES.
THIS PAGE IS MANAGED BY SANDEEP SINGH.
Sumpah Orang Minyak (The Oily Man’s Curse) 1957
A film both directed and acted by the sensation P. Ramlee, Sumpah Orang Minyak deals with the plight of a disfigured man who gets the chance to change his physical appearance. Dealing with love, prejudice and desire, the film depicts the implications of making a pact with Satan.
Hantu Jerankung (Malay Ghost With Long Nails) 1957
This film was made by KM Basker in 1957. Due to widespread public support for the film, a follow up was made (Hantu Kubor, below).
Rumah Puaka (Haunted House) 1957
The Straits Times, 4 November 1957, p.4
More information is being gathered about this film.
Serangan Orang Minyak (Attack of the Oily Man) 1958
Hantu Kubor (CemeteryGhost/Ghost of the Grave)1958
Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Vampire) 1958
A dead woman returns to protect her daughter, in the form of a vampire with large fangs. A film by BN Rao, and produced in part by Cathay- Keris films, the film deals with female vengeance, and stars the “most beautiful woman in Malaya”, the actress Maria Menado.
Si Tora Harimau Jadian (1964)
Both a novel and a film by P Ramlee, Sitora Harimau Jadian is a lost film, due to neglect. The novel has been republished in Malaysia recently. Here is an entry about the book/film by his new publisher: http://amirmu.blogspot.sg/2012/03/how-i-became-p-ramlees-publisher.html
Pontianak Gua Musang (The Vampire From Fox Cave) 1964
Produced after the flurry of horror films produced in the 1950s, the opening voice-over of Pontianak Gua Musang tells us that it is mere entertainment for those that are not superstitious. May this be a lens to view changing sensibilities in Malaysia and Singapore in a time of a new national identity?