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11 Holiday Horror Movies for a Frightfully Festive Season if You’re into Malaysian Horror Folklore


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Sure, when it comes to holiday classics, movies with gore, slashers, demons, and all that mischief probably won’t be in your must-watch Christmas movie. With all of the sweetness, nostalgia, and good vibes that come with the holidays, there are times when you just want something that cuts through all the sugary stuff.

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That’s where dark horror movies come in play. They’re like a unique way to let off some steam when the holiday stress starts piling up. So, when you need a break from the usual festive stuff, getting into a bit of horror provides a different, if only temporary, escape from the holiday hustle and bustle.

Here’s our top picks for a frightfully festive season for all your horror folkore! ?


1. Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam

We’re definitely starting off strong with this one.

The movie has gained success upon its initial release, and even to this day, the gorgeous Maya Karin, who portrayed Meriam, the Pontianak, remains synonymous with her memorable role in the film. Things took a grim turn when she got fatally stabbed in the stomach during pregnancy.

The movie not only brought a spooky ghost story to life but also made Maya Karin the undisputed queen of Pontianaks in the hearts of viewers.

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2. Jangan Pandang Belakang

Jangan Pandang Belakang really left a mark on all of us. People have been buzzing about this horror flick, praising how it skillfully mixes a gripping storyline with spooky moments that stick with you long after you’ve left the theater.

Darma, played by Pierre Andre, is stuck in a tough spot after losing his fiancée Rose, played by Intan Ladyana. Unable to move on, he decides to play detective and figure out what led to Rose’s tragic suicide. The movie spins a tale that goes beyond the surface, weaving a captivating web of suspense and otherworldly intrigue that’ll have you hooked from start to finish. ?

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3. Waris Jari Hantu

You have to admit, they don’t make movies like this anymore. In the local tales, there’s this idea that certain folks have a supernatural sidekick helping them out with things like job success or finding love. “Waris Jari Hantu” zooms in on this concept, starring Tok Wan, played by Azean Irdawaty, who possesses a tiger spirit as her mystical companion.

But, of course, things don’t roll out without a hitch. The movie introduces elements of family dissent, paranormal disturbances, and personal turmoil. Waris Jari Hantu did give us the heebie-jeebies back then, and it’ll surely still give them to us now.



4. Munafik

If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline-pumping experience with a focus on revenge and thrills, this one is right up your alley. Munafik tells the story of Adam, played by Syamsul Yusof, a religious medical practitioner struggling to cope with grief after losing his wife in an accident.

This one is more of a gory action/revenge thriller than a true, scare-you-to-your-bones horror movie, but it’ll get your adrenaline pumping all the same.



5. Khurafat: Perjanjian Syaitan

Khurafat, promises a robustly spooky experience. With Syamsul Yusof taking on the role of Johan, the main character, you can anticipate a solid cinematic treat. Johan and his wife Aishah (portrayed by Liyana Jasmay) navigate a seemingly blissful married life.

However, their tranquility takes a hit when Johan’s ex-girlfriend, Anna (played by Sabrina Ali), makes a tumultuous return, aiming to rekindle their past romance. The plot thickens with the unexpected arrival of a mysterious old lady and a series of haunting incidents, placing the couple in the midst of an eerie and challenging ordeal.

The movie falls into the horror genre that will leave a lingering sense of existential dread. ?



6. Susuk

The movie definitely live up to its name. In Susuk, we follow the journey of Soraya, a nurse-in-training portrayed by Diana Rafar. Not too thrilled with her current gig, she decides to venture into the entertainment industry with aspirations of becoming a superstar.

A turning point occurs when she embraces the forbidden practice of ‘susuk’, an ancient method involving needles cast with a spell and inserted into the body. Miraculously, Soraya’s popularity takes flight, marking a significant shift in her fortunes.



7. Chermin

You’d find yourselves avoiding the mirrors after watching Chermin. Nasrin, played by Natasha Hudson, who undergoes disfigurement due to an accident. In an attempt to lift her spirits, Nasrin’s mother presents her with an ancient mirror that’s a family heirloom.

Of course, this mirror is no ordinary mirror. As Nasrin interacts with it, an unexplained attraction develops, gradually turning into an obsession. Unaware that a spirit is trapped within the mirror, Nasrin’s life takes a perilous turn, putting her in imminent danger.



8. Seru

Honestly, is there anything scarier than the story of a production crew filming a horror movie and getting haunted in return? This movie is as real as it gets. Nora Danish and Awal Ashaari, along with the rest of the cast, portray a production crew dealing with some seriously creepy stuff during their shoot.

The situation takes a darker turn as members of the crew fall prey to possession one by one, some meeting their demise at the hands of unseen malevolent forces.



9. Highland Tower

The Highland Tower movie is so convincing that it feels like a real documentary. We believe this convincing portrayal is influenced by the eerie reality of Highland Tower, specifically its haunted reputation following the collapse in 1993, serving as a chilling reminder of the Malaysian tragedy.

In the movie, Shima Anuar takes on the role of the host, Shima, and her crew produces a paranormal documentary about Highland Tower. Little did they know, ghostly occurrences surface in their footage, throwing an unexpected spooky vibe into the mix.

Highland Tower


10. Villa Nabila

If you’re not easily spooked, you might want to check this out, but fair warning: it’s the kind that’ll make anyone go, “Nope, not for me.” Villa Nabila supposedly draws inspiration from a true story set in a notorious abandoned mansion in Lido Beach, Johor Bahru.

The movie adopts a documentary approach, unfolding through a sequence of interviews that explore the mysterious vanishing of 23 teenagers who ventured into the mansion. As they start tearing down the house, a series of strange events unfolds, and surprisingly, the house remains unaffected by the demolition. This is the kind of movie that’s best enjoyed with a group of people; going solo shouldn’t even be on the table. ?

Villa Nabila


11. Karak Highway

Ever since this film hit the screens, the mere mention of the Karak highway or a yellow Volkswagen Beetle brings a different vibe for most of us. The impact lingers even now, especially considering that we still travel on that eerie highway.

In the movie, four students, returning to their college in Kuantan after a night out in Kuala Lumpur, find themselves stuck in heavy traffic on the Karak highway. They opt to leave the highway and navigate an alternative route via the old single carriageway trunk road, unaware that this choice is about to alter the course of their lives forever. You won’t believe how spooky this movie is that even the jumpscares are nightmare-inducing… But definitely worth watching though. ?



As the world gets ready for Christmas with gift-giving and string lights, there are people who might not share the same enthusiasm. If holidays aren’t your thing or you’re still not over Spooky Season, at least you have our recommendations to keep you occupied while you’re home alone. ?

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Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below! ???


Also read: 7 Things to Do This December in Kuala Lumpur When Beach Plans are Foiled by Rain

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