02 July 2005

Pontianak Kembali @ Return of the Pontianak

Perhaps the most famous, scariest and violent ghost in Malaysian culture. Primarily, the Malays believe that it originates from the spirit of a still born child, women who died giving birth, women who were killed by the pontianak or women whose spirits were captured by them. The phrase "Pontianak" was believed from the acronym of "Perempuan Mati Beranak"1. After such deaths, precautions are taken to prevent the deceased from rising from the dead.

Want to know how a pontianak kills? There are a series of movies that you can watch for reference. The Pontianak fever swept through Malaysia in late 50's and 60's. We got Pontianak (1957), Dendam Pontianak2 (1957), Sumpah Pontianak3 (1958), Anak Pontianak4 (1958), Pontianak Kembali5 (1963), Pontianak Gua Musang (1964), Pusaka Pontianak6 (1965).

I'm not sure if Pontianak (1975) is a remake of the 1957 one but we heard no more of Pontianaks since then till recently. Last year, we had Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam7, and on screen now is Pontianak Menjerit8. Let's welcome back the Pontianaks!

loosely translated as 1. Women who died while giving birth, 2.Pontianak's Revenge, 3. Curse of the Pontianak, 4. Child of Pontianak, 5.Pontianak Returns, 6. Pontianak's Inheritance, 7. Nocturnal
Fragrant Pontianak Whore, 8. Pontianak Scream
Makes you wonder if Hollywood has been mining classic Malay horror flicks for movie titles


At 7/03/2005 10:38 am, Blogger Adam said...

If the new Ponianak movies have actresses dressed like the one in the pic you put up, it sure will be a box office hit. However, I doubt the movie will see the light of the day because of our ever vigilant censors (both official and non-official).

At 7/13/2005 10:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do u know how one can but the vcd or dvd of all the above movies (pontianak, sumpah pontianak, dendam pontianak, pontianak kembali). thanks

At 12/11/2008 9:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you get pontianak (1957) images..??It's very rare images..


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