- Charlatans, ghosts and rock singers appear in this boring horror comedy
- As bad as last year’s abominable ‘Cinta Beruang’
ROCK singer Awie doing a duet with a woman in a jungle. Who’d have thought of that?
A group of men huddling around each other at the sight of a female ghost behind a tree. Hardly original.
A ghost in a red kebaya floating around a kampung house and looking in through a window. Seen that.
Malaysian director Mamat Khalid’s horror comedy Hantu Kak Limah 2: Husin, Mon Dan Jin Pakai Toncit is the worst and most boring Malaysian film of the year. It was so bad that I fell asleep for a few minutes, and when I woke up, I wanted to doze off again.
The dialogue is bad, the plot is abysmal and the acting is nondescript. This film should have been banned by the censors for being a threat to people’s intelligence.
The men who patronise Pak Jabat’s (Man Kadir) stall in Kampung Pisang in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, are a bunch of losers with nothing to do with their lives except to sit around and gossip.
The arrival of Husin (Awie) in a dilapidated car sets their tongues wagging. His business in Singapore has failed and the only job he gets in his village is weaving mats.
The other customers are village headman Pak Abu (the late Zami Ismail) and Usop (Usop Wilcha), who’s handicapped and keeps turning his wrist throughout the film.
Husin is visited by his ex-girlfriend Mon (singer Ezlynn), who wears a red kebaya. She flirts with him and flits like a butterfly, too, for she’s now a flying ghost with a bad case of warts.
A ghostbuster, Dr Shamsudin (Rashidi Ishak of Untuk Tiga Hari), ingratiates himself with the mostly male community by showing a ghostly Mon getting intimate with Husin. He convinces them that he’s the man to put a stop to her charade.
The village headman and the stall owner strongly believe in Dr Shamsudin because, as they say a few times, he’s “a doctor”.
The good doctor will later be revealed to be something else, but avid moviegoers will know that anyone who wears all white with a funny hat and a badly glued-on beard is a dead giveaway for a charlatan.
A theme in this film is how we want to believe in people but that looks and persuasive powers are deceiving. In fact, a villager at the beginning makes a reference to a skim cepat kaya (get-rich-quick scheme), which depends on fake appearances to pull the wool over people’s eyes.
Adam (Adam Khalid), a former soldier who wears a Free Gaza T-shirt, gets to use a machine gun of enormous proportions. How he got his hands on it is never explained.
An example of the film’s silliness is when the men bring Mon to Dr Shamsudin for a ritual. Out of the blue, someone asks the village headman about his favourite Lionel Richie song. He replies: “Hello, is it me you’re looking fohhhh?” It’s not funny.
Another scene that’s not funny is the sight of the doctor bashing the body and head of Mon, supposedly to rid her body of the spirit.
The most disappointing character in this film is that played by Awie. His rocker persona may have bestowed a certain bad-boy aura on him, but he’s just bad in this film.
0 out of 5
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