Scary ex­pe­ri­ence

The teen stars of Jailangkung had to en­dure spooky in­ci­dents dur­ing the shoot.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

IT is not un­usual for scary things to hap­pen on the set of a hor­ror film.

Stars of In­done­sian fright flick Jailangkung Amanda Rawles and Je­fri Ni­chols can at­test to that.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view in Pe­tal­ing Jaya, Se­lan­gor, last week Amanda shared one of the scary in­ci­dents that hap­pened while they were film­ing.

“We shot one of our scenes at a hos­pi­tal late at night. When the crew was get­ting ready to go home, they went into the lift and clicked on the but­ton for base­ment. For some rea­son, the lift would only stop at a cer­tain floor in­stead of go­ing to the base­ment. The floor that the lift stopped at was where the morgue is,” Amanda, 17, said.

At the same hos­pi­tal, 18-year-old Je­fri said they shot a scene with a child ac­tress dressed as a de­mon haunt­ing a hap­less Amanda in the dark stair­way. Some­one in the hos­pi­tal saw the child and said some­thing Jef­fri couldn’t for­get.

“So, this guy said our make-up team did such an ex­cel­lent job with the child ac­tress be­cause she was said to re­sem­ble the one peo­ple have seen around the hos­pi­tal!” he said.

All th­ese spooky tales around the set helped Amanda get into char­ac­ter: “(Th­ese sto­ries) helped be­cause as you can see in the movie, I looked scared be­cause I was gen­uinely afraid.”

She also re­called an eerie feel­ing while shoot­ing in a huge man­sion sit­u­ated in the mid­dle of nowhere. “There is a big pool in­side the house for some rea­son. I re­alised that we had shot in a hos­pi­tal, in the jun­gle and at a ceme­tery ... but that house was the scari­est place,” Amanda noted.

Je­fri said that the lights al­ways flick­ered when they were shoot­ing at the man­sion: “Peo­ple said that it was a ghost who was try­ing to make its pres­ence felt.”

In the movie, a man (Luk­man Sardi) uses a jailangkung – doll-shaped de­vice – to call upon the spirit of his dead wife. Of course it doesn’t go well for the man as he ends up invit­ing evil spir­its into the world in­stead.

To stop the evil spir­its from prey­ing on his fam­ily, the man has to go through a set of mys­ti­cal rit­u­als to send the spir­its back.

Amanda was ini­tially scared to shoot scenes with the jailangkung: “The pro­duc­tion crew as­sured us it was safe be­cause some­one had blessed the set. For­tu­nately, noth­ing bad hap­pened.”

Jailangkung is ma­jor box-of­fice suc­cess in In­done­sia, draw­ing in more than two mil­lion view­ers when it was re­leased in June.

Amanda said she would bravely go through real-life scary in­ci­dents again for a se­quel if au­di­ences want to watch more of the film.

“If it means another two mil­lion view­ers, why not?” she said with a laugh.

When a rit­ual to call upon a de­ceased loved one goes wrong, the liv­ing must over­come the haunt­ing of evil spir­its. — As­tro Shaw

Je­fri and Amanda play two peo­ple ter­rorised by evil spir­its in the In­done­sian hor­ror movie Jailangkung. — SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

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