Whenever anyone makes a horror movie or TV show, it’s customary to ask that person the most unimaginative question known to mankind: Did you witness any paranormal activity? Whatever the occurrence — weird knocks on the door after midnight or a shadowy figure that calls out your name — one tends to look past the easily explainable and choose to see things in a little supernatural way. Did it or did not happen? Who cares as long as it makes for a great story? And boy oh boy, does Nur Fazura have a chilling story or two to share that will make your hair stand on end.

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Starry, scary night; Nur Fazura at the 'Revenge of the Pontianak' premiere with (from left) Hisyam Hamid, Nadiah M Din, Shenty Feliziana, Nadia Aqilah, and co-director Gavin Yap.  
 In Revenge of the Pontianak, directed by Glen Goei and Gavin Yap, the Malaysian actress plays the titular character, the most famous — and scariest — female vampire in Southeast Asian folklore. The movie came in No. 2 at the box-office over the weekend (Aug 29-Sep 1), trailing Angel Has Fallen. Its $256,000-earnings made it the highest opening for a Malay film in recent years, beating Satan’s Slaves, Dukun and Hantu Kak Limah, which all happened to be horror movies.

Speaking to 8days.sg in the lobby lounge of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel a day after the movie’s gala premiere, Fazura, 34, lets us in what she saw — or thought she saw — while making the 1960s scare-fest and the painstaking efforts that went into playing the pontianak.


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