Los Angeles-based House of Film has acquired worldwide rights excluding Asia to the Malaysian mythical horror film Curse Of The Totem (Sumpahan Jerunei) and will launch sales at the AFM next week.
The film from Produksi Seni Duapuluh-Duapuluh SDN BHD follows an expedition into the Borneo jungle to find an anthropologust’s wife who went missing while studying the legend of Jerunei burial poles used by the indigenous Melanau tribe.
One by one the explorers are visited by hallucinations, disturbances, and spirits of the dead before one team member becomes possessed by evil forces.
Jason Chong (Belukar, Adiwiraku/My Superheroes) directed the horror film on location in the Sarawak Virgin Rainforest. The filmmakers spent two years researching the story.
Curse Of The Totem is produced by Datin Wendy Wong and Dato’ Nancie Foo from Produksi Seni Duapuluh Duapuluh SDN BHD in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry & Performing Arts Sarawak in Malaysia.
The ensemble cast includes Bront Palarae, Uqasha Senrose, Mohd Syafie Naswip, Amerual Affendi, Ruminah Sidek, Tony Eusoff, Sabrina Hassan, and Yuyun Hikmah.
“This is an especially distinctive urban legend story that keeps you on the edge of your seat knowing it is inspired by true events,” said House of Film president Ava B.
House of Film’s slate include Spanish-language independents thriller Lust & Fear, psychological thriller The Portrait Of Her, and heist thriller Artcon, as well as Chinese action-adventure KG-145.