Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Season of the Witch is Here

Season of the witch

It certainly is the season for Nicholas Cage because he has two movies about witches and sorcerers this year.  The other one being The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which premiered in July.

So, what is a 'witch'?

According to, a witch is 'a woman in stories who has magic powers.  A man with magic powers is usually called a wizard'.  Its synonyms include conjurer, enchanter, magician, necromancer, occultist, sorcerer, and many more.  Locally a witch is called the 'bomoh' or 'dukun'.

Speaking of witch (pun intended), the first scary thought that came into my mind was Mona Fandey.  I first saw her appeared on TV3's Muzik-Muzik back in 1987 singing Ratapan Anak.

I was like... bleargh!  Malaysia dah ketandusan artis ker?  How did she even get the chance to appear on Muzik-Muzik?  Her song was terrible.  Her voice was horrible.  Her appearance?  There was absolutely something very scary about her!

A video grab from TV3's Muzik-Muzik 1987.   

It was a few years later in 1993 that she became famous for a witchcraft murder case.  I only recalled having seen her on TV3 before after following her case on the printed and electronic media.

To cut the long story short, she, together with her two accomplices -- her husband Mohamad Nor Affandi Abdul Rahman, and their assistant Juraimi Hassan, were convicted of the murder of politician Mazlan Idris.

All three were executed on 02.11.2001.

The other image that came into my mind about witches is this one:


Uhuh... it's not the image of the stereotyped ugly witches, but the image of one of the three witchcraft victims from the movie The Blair Witch Project (1999).

I see fear and hopelessness in her eyes.  I see the final moments in her eyes.  It gives me goosebumps!  I guess it is probably one of the most recognisable images around on the internet.  Don't you agree?

So, will Season of the Witch leaves a lasting, memorable scary moments on you like Mona Fandey and The Blair Witch Project did on me?

This you've gotta find out yourself.  It premieres on 06.01.2011.  Go witch watch it!  

Oh BTW, it's rated PG13.  ;-)


  1. Hey Logo, there was one movie Dukun based on Mona Fandey's story but it was banned. Hopefully it'll be released one day.

  2. That's too bad isn't it? That looks like a quality movie. Whose 'hati' that the censorship board needs to jaga?

  3. I don't know too Logo. Maybe bcoz it's based on true story. Jaga hati keluarga Mona Fendey I guess. Have you watched Nyangkung, a big hit at the moment? I think I'll wait next year when all the box office movies will be aired during raya & other festive seasons.

  4. Don't forget another Malay movie catching up with Nyangkung - Hantu Kak Limah Balik Kampung. We only watched the trailers on YouTube.

  5. But in my opinion there's no need to jaga hati anyone. If like that how are we gonna produce films based on kisah benar?

    Nope, I haven't watch Nyangkung yet, I don't think I'll go to the cinema to watch Malay movies unless if it's something like Sepet. Perhaps.

    I heard Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah tak best? There are funny moment,s but overall tak best.

  6. Rite Logo. Kalau mcm tu tak majulah industri perfileman Msia. Dukun is definitely awesome judging from the trailer. Why don't they produce the DVDs for sale instead?

  7. Usually the DVD is only out after the movie is no more showing at the cinemas. The movie may have potentially lost milions of ringgit.

  8. wow! not bad:)

    # did 'she' use her magic to be be listed in final? huuuuuuuhhhh...

  9. Hehehe... see you at the premiere ok? ;-)

    Hmmm... maybe she did charm the people at Muzik-Muzik to get in...

  10. Hei, I saw that Santa in the Star. So, who's Elaine?

  11. Yes bro, a colleague sent the Santa picture to The Star.

    Elaine is the front desk girl. We exchanged gifts in random. Nobody knows who's gonna get what.

    BTW, you're commenting on the wrong post. This post is about the movie Season of the Witch. Appreciate if you could reply in the proper post coz I cannot move them around. It's either publish or delete only.



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