Slith­er­ing ef­fect

Lisa Suri­hani and hus­band yusry ab­dul Halim join forces for a crea­ture fea­ture.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By MUM­TAJ BEGUM en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

The new lo­cal film Ular has a cou­ple of firsts to it. It is the first Malaysian film in re­cent years to ven­ture into the “crea­ture fea­ture” ter­ri­tory and the first film to star the hus­ban­dand-wife duo, Yusry Ab­dul halim and Lisa Suri­hani.

Well, ac­tu­ally, they shot the film last year be­fore they were mar­ried. Or to be more ac­cu­rate: “It was a month be­fore we tied the knot,” shared Lisa.

Ac­cord­ing to the ac­tress, work­ing to­gether didn’t pose a prob­lem. As a mat­ter of fact, she re­called it “was a nice ex­pe­ri­ence.”

“I wanted to see if we can work to­gether even though we have dif­fer­ent ide­olo­gies (about act­ing). We ended up talk­ing a lot more to each other dur­ing film­ing, and dis­cov­ered that we both ad­mire and re­spect each other. We are both also ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about our work.”

Yusry con­curred: “It turned out for the bet­ter as we could dis­cuss ideas as the shoot pro­gressed.”

While film­ing the movie helped strengthen the cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship, it was, none­the­less, a gru­elling shoot.

Ular was shot at Pangkor Is­land in Perak and Batu Arang in Se­lan­gor. Yusry said: “When Pangkor Is­land is men­tioned, peo­ple al­ways think of re­sort and beaches. But in our case, we had to ven­ture into the jun­gle where ev­ery­thing was muddy and dirty.”

Lisa jumped in with: “We suf­fered var­i­ous scratches and I was even stung by a bee.”

Ular re­volves around an in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist, Myra (Lisa), and a pho­tog­ra­pher, Remy (Yusry), who ar­rive at an is­land where tourists are dis­ap­pear­ing with­out a trace.

As they check into the re­sort, which is run by an el­derly cou­ple, Myra and Remy dis­cover the truth be­hind the dis­ap­pear­ances and it is far more dan­ger­ous than they re­alise.

With­out giv­ing away any spoil­ers, Ular has some­thing to do with re­ally hun­gry snakes on the loose. Di­rected by Ja­son Chong with spe­cial ef­fects pro­vided by Yusry, the film utilises live snakes to cre­ate the no­tion of an is­land in­fested with the deadly rep­tiles.

“At any given day, there were at least six snakes on set.” said Yusry.

While both ac­tors do not have a pho­bia of snakes, they’d rather not han­dle the crea­tures if given the op­tion.

Lisa con­fessed: “I wouldn’t say I was too thrilled about han­dling the slith­ery crea­tures, but we had the snake car­ers on standby, so I was able to over­come my fear.”

Yusry said: “Let’s put it this

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