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Have You Seen A Vampire But Without A Body?

I can safely say that southeast Asia has some of the most hideous looking horror/supernatural creatures coming out of their folklore, and spawned bewildering variety of horror movies related to these creatures. This post will highlight one of its most popular creature with decades of portrayal at the silver screen, the legendary ‘flying witch/vampire head’ or popularly known on these part of the world as ‘penanggal’ (Malaysia), ‘Krasue’ (Thailand), ‘Kasu’ (Laos), ‘Arp’ (Cambodia) and ‘penanggalan/leyak’ (Indonesia).

 Penanggalan
Yeah..it really looked like something that came out from the very bowels of Hell and anyone with the right frame of mind will head for the hills of Himalayas at first sight of these foul creature. The most interesting part of their nature is that these flying vampire head are not classified as ‘undead’ or apparition. They are actual people (women mostly) who are able to detach their heads (together with the entrails) from their bodies with the help of some wicked curse. Human by day, horror creature by night. Much like werewolves. See Wikipedia for detailed information on their origin and behavior. To make matters worse, they suck blood and has the ability to fly! (a very fascinating aspect from the view of a horror film maker) and makes a real good ‘running and screaming’ type of movies.
Let’s look at some of the movies with mostly ‘penanggal’ as the lead role:
Mystics in Bali 1981

Mystics in Bali 1981 (Indonesia)

Ghost Of Guts Eater 1973 (Thailand)

Ghost Of Guts Eater 1973 (Thailand)

Bloody Krasue 1994 (Thailand)

Bloody Krasue 1994 (Thailand)

Krasue Kud Porb 1980 (Thailand)

Krasue Kud Porb 1980 (Thailand)

Demonic Beauty 2001 (Thailand)

Demonic Beauty 2001 (Thailand)

Nieng Arp 2004 (Cambodia)

Nieng Arp 2004 (Cambodia)

Fei taugh mo neuih 1977 (Hong Kong)

Fei taugh mo neuih 1977 (Hong Kong)

The Gluttonous Fear 2007 (Thailand)

The Gluttonous Fear 2007 (Thailand)

Konm Eak Madia Arb 1980 (Cambodia)

Konm Eak Madia Arb 1980 (Cambodia)

Fullmoon Devil 2011 (Thailand)

Fullmoon Devil 2011 (Thailand)

Itthirith Nam Man Phrai 1984   (Thailand)

Itthirith Nam Man Phrai 1984 (Thailand)

2011 Penanggal (Malaysia) telemovie

1967 Penanggalan (Indonesia)

2007 Tiyen Arp (Cambodia)

2009 Arb Kalum (Cambodia)

Do remember, that if you ever visit Southeast Asia in the future and wants to go wild with the local chick, make sure they don’t have any slit mark around their neck (women with ‘penanggal’ curse often cover their neck with clothes or shawl); or you’ll end up being chewed upon during the night.

I’m anxious to see if there is any film-maker out there brave enough to make a horror movie that pits both modern ‘Dracula’ type vampire against these flying vampire head, I’m sure it’s gonna be a fiery fight and interesting enough to drive people to the cinema.

Who do you think will win?

6 responses

  1. hayek

    Very cool, I was not familiar with these characters before.

    Any one film you recommend in particular?

    March 9, 2013 at 3:02 am

    • Thanks very much for visiting my blog. Demonic Beauty is quite good. If you’re into classic movies, Mystics in Bali is also good. You can find the full movie in Youtube.

      March 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

  2. I’ve heard about this sort of disgusting and evil creature before. But I sure as hell didn’t know there were so many movies about it. I’ll definitely have to check some of these out. Great post!! :)

    March 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

    • Thanks for visiting Glen!

      March 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  3. topoi

    Langsuir will win…..it could be breaking dawn part 4

    March 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    • Haha! Definitely. Thanks bro for taking the time to write some comments!

      April 1, 2013 at 10:42 am

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