03 Oct '11, 1am

'Horror films reflect beliefs in society': More than 15 local horror films have been produced since 2007's box-o...

'Horror films reflect beliefs in society': More than 15 local horror films have been produced since 2007's box-o...

Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri (centre) directing a scene in Jangan Pandang Belakang, which for three years held the record for the highest-grossing Malaysian film. By Rozanna Latiff and Aisyah Sulaiman New Straits Times Monday, Oct 03, 2011 KUALA LUMPUR - Local film-makers said the horror genre reflects beliefs and practices prevalent among Malaysians and that it should not be blamed for spiritual or intellectual frailties in society. They acknowledged, however, that there should be more scientific approaches to the supernatural in local movies. Director Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri said many locally produced horror films relied too heavily on "spiritual" or "unnatural" elements. "In most of these films' plots, the solution is always the bomoh (spiritual healer). But there is always space in the horror film genre for more scientific or rational explanations, such as in psychologica...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story...

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