Is This A Malaysian Vampire? Probably Not…


From time to time, I get sent weird things. Obscure websites, bizarre emails, odd videos. I love it. Here’s one lately that really grabbed my eye:

Pontianak at KM 42 Bukit Tinggi, towards Kuantan

Recently, there’s this video of a ‘pontianak’ circulating around the Malaysian web sphere, especially (where else?) Facebook.  A ‘pontianak’ is, according to local folklore, the restless spirit of a woman who died in childbirth.  She is usually depicted with long, flowing hair and a white robe…kind of a typical garb for most restless spirits/creatures around the world, eh?  Go ahead and research if you wish to.  I’ve heard enough stories of pontianaks while growing up in good old Malaysia.

What followed was this video:

Now, is this a vampire? I think not. Check the way the the figure moves as the car drives past at 11seconds. It looks to me like it’s actually suspended from above, swaying in the wind from the on-rushing car. This would explain the way the figure rises in a totally smooth way, why there’s no movement of any of the limbs or the head during the video, and the smooth descent too. In all, looks like a hoax to me, suspended on a wire.

What do you think?

Update: Righteous Indignation listener Non has confirmed this is indeed a fake:

It is fake. Why? The youtube comments will lead you to the production clips for the “Momok the movie” video clip called “MOMOK JPA ROAD TRIP to karak hell”. Start watching at 1:20ish. Link (also added to my name):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZkd5n6prV4

Youtube user angelusDragul was the one who pointed out that it was for the movie.

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  1. #1 by Arthwollipot on September 2, 2010 - 11:35

    Yeah – it’s on a string. And given how small it looks next to the passing cars, quite small.

  2. #2 by Rob McD on September 2, 2010 - 11:39

    Why are these things always such grainy shaky crap quality footage? Oh, that’s right, because then it’s easier to hide the trickery…

  3. #3 by kar on September 2, 2010 - 13:23

    Indeed the camera catches the “lift off” in perfect time. When something unexpected happens, people always have a camera “wtf” jerk.

  4. #4 by Stu on September 2, 2010 - 16:32

    If you look at the youtube footage itself you’ll see the folllowing comment:

    ‘yeap, this is the “momok jgn panggil aku” arahan m.jamil. the part when they just use this dummy to hit a car.’

    And this one:

    ‘this is a scene during shooting for momok jangan panggil aku if click on my name and u can check the video there … then u boleh pastikan benda ini bukan real

    i was on of the production crew

    mana ada hantu pakai walkie talkie dah’

    @Rob The following isn’t grainy. Just look for the ‘mist’ around the car and listen out for the cameramans comment:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDc2aIunnr0

    For best results watch on full screen with the sound right up.

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