Oh, can this movie beat Munafik, one of the best local horror film?
After being shelved for over a decade, the controversial Malaysian horror film ‘Dukun’ will finally be released in cinemas in 2018! It was initially filmed in 2006 and slated for release in 2007, however, the National Film Censorship Board (LPF) banned the film before its screening due to sensitive nature of its plot, which offended the families of the people being portrayed.
The movie is said to be loosely inspired by the high-profile case involving Mona Fandey, a singer-turned-bomoh who was convicted for the murder of a Malaysian politician in 1993 and was executed in 2001.
Source: Ask Legal
Mona, who was once a mildly popular pop singer, became involved in spiritual witchcraft activities and became a bomoh (witch doctor or local shaman) after leaving the music industry.
Source: Ask Legal
In 1993, politician Datuk Mazlan Idris reportedly sought her help to boost his political career. At that time, Mona was working with her husband Affandi and their assistant, Juraimi.
They demanded RM2.5 million in return for their services, Mazlan paid the couple RM500,000 as deposit and 10 land titles as collateral for the remaining RM2 million.
However, police found Mazlan’s decapitated and dismembered body nearby Mona’s residence less than a month later! The trio was then arrested and thus began a highly-publicized and sensational trial for Mazlan’s murder in 1994.
Mona’s murder trial was all anyone could talk about back then due to her eerily calm and cheerful demeanor whenever she was photographed outside the courthouse.
Source: Oh Bulan
Eventually, Mona and her accomplices were sentenced to death, they were hanged on November 2, 2001.
When ‘Dukun’ was said to be released in 2007, Mona Fandey’s family voiced their dissatisfaction over the content and basis of the movie.
Just as everyone has forgotten about its existence, ‘Dukun’ came back into the spotlight again more than 11 years later when footage from the film leaked online in February.
Umie Aida as Diana Dahlan | Source: Says
Starring Umie Aida, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Faizal Hussein, Bront Palarae, and Soffi Jikan, the movie reportedly cost RM2.8 million to make!
In the light of the film’s upcoming release, actress Umie Aida, who plays the female bomoh Diana Dahlan in ‘Dukun’ revealed to Harian Metro that some scenes in the leaked footage are not included in the actual theatrical release.
Source: Harian Metro
‘Dukun’ is set to be released in cinemas nationwide on April 5, 2018!
Are you looking forward to the movie? Make sure you mark your calendars, let us see if ‘Dukun’ will be the all-time scariest Malaysian horror film!
Meanwhile, check out the official trailer below!
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