‘Horror films reflect beliefs in society’
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 psychological thrillers.”
Dr Mahathir said the prevalence of ghost stories was responsible for the hysteria attacks among Malay female students.