Malaysian horror film “Don’t Look at the Demon” is set to become the first Malaysian movie in history to hit United States theaters.
The Brando Lee-directed film, which stars Hollywood actors such as Fiona Dourif (“Tenet”) and Harris Dickinson (“The King’s Man”), will premiere in over 20 countries — including Thailand, the Philippines, Canada and the U.S. — starting on Thursday.
“This film provides an opportunity for people from other countries to learn and understand the cultures, traditions, and tourist attractions in Malaysia, which in turn may contribute to the improvement of the tourism sector,” Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, deputy minister of Malaysia’s Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM), said in a statement.
“Now that we have entered the American market, we can strive for reaching new heights by aiming to obtain awards such as the Oscars, Emmy, and so forth, in the near future,” he added.
“Don’t Look at the Demon” follows a group of American paranormal investigators who examine a haunted house built in the early 1970s in Malaysia’s Fraser’s Hill. The movie reportedly peers into traditional Asian folklore from an American perspective as the investigators encounter malevolent beings.
“Even darker secrets are uncovered in the history of the house with connections to an ancient forbidden Thai ritual, stillborn babies, restless female spirits and a violent supernatural force that threatens to destroy all who come into contact with it,” the film’s official synopsis reads in part.
Lee hopes that the film’s global release will inspire other Malaysian filmmakers to keep pushing forward to represent Malaysia in the international market.
“The release of this film is not just my success, but it is the success of all of us in Malaysia, and I am extremely proud to set this benchmark and bring pride to our country,” Lee said during a recent press conference.
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