Pontianak Series

In dramatic blue lighting, a manicured hand looms over a sleeping man.

Feb 17 W Sumpah Pontianak (B. N Rao, 1958, 96 minutes) 

Third in the series of schlocky films from the 50s.  The first Pontianak film appeared in 1957 Singaporean Malay horror film directed by Indian film director B.N. Rao starring Maria Menado and M. Amin. Based on the Malay folktales of a blood-sucking ghost born from a woman who dies in childbirth.  The smash hit premiered on 27 April 1957 and screened for almost three months at the local Cathay cinemas. Its success spawned two other sequels, Dendam Pontianak (Revenge of the Pontianak, 1957) and Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Pontianak, 1958). It is also said to have launched the Pontianak genre in Singapore and Malaysia, with rival Shaw producing its own Pontianak trilogy and several movies of the same genre were also made in Malaysia.



Mar 3 W Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam (Shuhaimi Baba, 2004)

Pontianak Scent of the Tuber Rose or Fragrant Night Vampire, is a 2004 Malaysian horror film. Starring Maya Karin, the film is about a restless spirit (pontianak) Meriam who seeks revenge upon those who killed her. The film was a major box office success in Malaysia.



Apr 7 W Revenge of the Pontianak (Glen Goei, Gavin Yap, 2019, 92 minutes)

Dendam Pontianak is a 2019 Singaporean Malay-language romantic horror film. In the film, a couple and a village is being terrorised by a beautiful Pontianak, who has arrived to take revenge on a guy she loves forever.  It is released on 29 August 2019 in Singapore; 12 September 2019 in Malaysia and Brunei



Virtual talk by Rosalind Galt Apr 8, 12 noon (5pm London time). Lecture title TBD.



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