The ‘lost’ horror film from 1964 Sitora Harimau Jadian by famous Malaysian filmmaker P. Ramlee has inspired a new film, Sitora, which will star Wan Hanafi Su.
Sitora is the first feature film from Fangoria Studios, the new production arm of the American cinema magazine Fangoria. Variety reports that the film will center on a tyrannical shaman who preserves feudal control of a village by evoking the threat of a supernatural half-man, half-tiger.
“Sitora is a perfect example of who we are, ”Fangoria Studios wrote in a press release. “[Our] mission is to celebrate genre cinema by providing a platform for spooky stories deeply rooted in culture, folklore, legends and the macabre on the international stage.
“We believe horror is truly global and has cross demographic appeal. Fear is universal, ”the statement continues. “When it comes to horror, everyone shouts in the same language.”
Malaysian actor Wan Hanafi Su has been attached to Sitora, playing a character named Sir. The film will be directed by Diffan Sina Norman, who will make his theatrical debut with the project.
Sitora will be filmed in Malay and on location in Malay villages, with practical effects that Fangoria promises to be “sweaty, kinetic, wild and, like a tiger, extremely unpredictable”. According to the website of Rangka Pictures, the film company founded by director Diffan, the film is 98 minutes long and is slated for release in 2022.
P. Ramlee directed and starred in Sitora Harimau Jadian, his first film for Studio Merdeka. The original black-and-white film reels – which apparently once screened on Malaysian television – are missing, earning it the reputation of P. Ramlee as a “lost” film.
Fangoria’s press release claims the film was “destroyed in a flood”, but Malaysian film repair company Repair Gambar Lama told a slightly different story in a Facebook post in 2019, attributing the loss of coils to damage caused by improper storage. conditions. The company also offered a reward to anyone with an existing copy.
Sitora Harimau Jadian was fictionalized by P. Ramlee a year after its release. The book was reprinted in 2012 by Buku Fixi.
Wan Hanafi Su’s most recent project is the international feature film The end of the world, which starred Jonathan Rhys-Davies and Dominic Monaghan. A veteran of Malaysian cinema, Wan first gained international fame with the 2016 Singaporean film. Apprentice and appeared in the critically acclaimed 2019 adaptation of The evening mist garden.
Diffan Sina Norman is a Kuala Lumpur-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker who has screened two shorts at the Sundance Film Festival. It appears that his script for the film, titled Sitora the Were-tiger, was the recipient of a feature film development grant from the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia, or FINAS.
Fangoria Studios was launched earlier this year as a development arm of Fangoria, specializing in horror and genre film coverage since 1979.