Malaysia has under gone an outburst of great horror movies since the dawn of the 21st century. Most likely since the censors stopped approving them following your Islamic boom of the 1970's. In fact, I haven't yet see a Malay horror movie made ahead of the 2000's. What means they are so extra-special is always that many of the finest ones draw upon the rich local history and myths from the country. Everyone knows the best horror movies are according to potentially true events.
This movie ended up a huge hit in Malaysia and won awards abroad. The pontianak character is a thing people have been aware of in myths and legends, because everyone had heard of it, it had been a massive hit am