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son of the vampire

(Anak Pontianak)

1958, regia di Ramon Estella


Scheda: Nazione: Malesia - Produzione: Malay Film Productions Ltd., Shaw Brothers - Soggetto: Abdul Razak - Sceneggiatura: Ramon Estella, S. Hassansahab - FotografiaR.C. Purushotham - Montaggio: Ramon Estella, Lee Thiam Yiak - Musiche: Abdul Razak - Formato: B.N. - Durata: 103'.

Cast: Kemat Bin Hassan, Hasimah, Haj Sattar, Jins Shamsuddin, Dayang Sofia.



Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - «Filipino director Ramon Estella's Anak Pontianak actually came on the heels of two immensely popular ‘pontianak’-themed movies first conceived by the Cathay-Keris film studios. They were Pontianak and Dendam Pontianak (Pontianak’s Revenge), both directed by B. N. Rao, written by Abdul Razak and released in 1957. These two films are now believed to be lost after Ho Ah Loke, the films’ producer, reportedly threw the original prints down a mining pool in a fit of rage. So, Malay Film Productions’ Anak Pontianak may probably be the oldest Pontianak film that still exists today. In fact, Cathay-Keris had announced concurrent productions for two Pontianak film sequels (titled Anak Pontianak and Sumpah Pontianak) in late 1957. The Shaw Brothers, ever quick-witted (or unscrupulous, if you like), followed suit immediately and persuaded Abdul Razak, the original creator of the Pontianak stories that inspired the film series, to write a script for them. They then appointed Ramon the lightning-fast director to produce their own Anak Pontianak and beat Ho Ah Loke and company to it, releasing their film in February 1958, two months before Cathay-Keris came up with Sumpah Pontianak. For those who are unfamiliar, the ‘pontianak’ is one among the numerous vampire-ghosts that thrive in Malay folklores and is commonly described as the ghost of a woman who died in childbirth, often taking on the guise of a scented, seductive girl. ...».


Conosciuto anche con il titolo: Curse of the Vampire. Ha avuto un sequel, Sumpah Pontianak (1958), che a sua volta ha avuto un sequel, Pontianak Kembali (1963).




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