Aug 23, 2016

    Nightmare to come up with a sequel


    AFTER the phenomenal box-office success of Munafik, Malaysian director Syamsul Yusof is convinced the horror movie deserves a sequel.

    Munafik was released in February 2016 and grossed over RM19 million (S$6.4 million) from screenings in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

    Syamsul said he feels the pressure of coming up with a follow-up that could match the movie's huge takings.

    "I'm really stressed with Munafik 2. I've written a script.

    "Halfway through it, I looked at it and realised that I'm just repeating the same events from the first movie.

    "So I tore it all and decided to start over," he said.

    In Munafik, Syamsul stars as Ustaz Adam, a religious practitioner who comes to the aid of Maria (Nabila Huda), a woman possessed by a demon.

    At this point of time, Adam is starting to question his faith after the death of his wife in a car accident.

    "Munafik is more than just a horror movie. It's an exploration of faith and belief.

    "But right now, I feel stuck," the 31-year-old said.

    Munafik received nine nominations at this year's Malaysia Film Festival, including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Visual Effects and Best Actress.

    Syamsul, who is the eldest son of Yusof Haslam, has quite an impressive track record at the film fest.

    He won Best Director twice in 2010 for Evolusi KL Drift and 2011 for KL Gangster.

    But Syamsul admitted that winning awards is the last thing on his mind when making a film.

    "I'm more concerned about putting out a good movie for the audience."

    Apart from Munafik 2, he is also working on several movie projects.

    He is filming KL Special Force, an action movie directed by his younger brother Syafiq.

    He also revealed that he will be contributing a song to Syafiq's upcoming movie Desolasi.