Catch Deanna Yusoff in a new horror film “Aku Haus Darah Mu.” which will premiere in cinemas on the 2nd February 2017. She shares the screen with fellow actors Nad Zainal, Farhanna Qiamina and Zoey Rahman.
3 Questions with Deanna Yusoff
1.Tells us a little bit about the movie?
I play the role of Cempaka, a dancer. The reason I was attracted to this character is because I had to dance. I did ballet and jazz when I was younger, I thought it was a good way to express a character through dance. It would have been nice if there was more dancing, but this is not a musical, its a movie.
2. The movie is set around dance and black magic. The famous Mak Yong dance has a history of black magic, Do you believe in black magic?
I don’t know enough about it, but I do know that other cultures the Australian Aborigines, they have a dance and a chant. They believe the dance movements and chants help in healing. Black magic is actually a misuse of white magic or healing. Black magic is the the dark side, so most dances and its tradition comes from a good place. They are there to heal people or to help with the rain. There are opportunist out there who do use black magic for the wrong reasons. I do believe in energy and that certain things do work, and that they are there. So I think it would be silly to ignore that black magic exists. But I don’t know much about it to explain more.
3.Was there anything weird that happened on set?
No, there wasn’t. But during the filming of my first horror movie ” Cermin,” there was plenty weird encounters. First we were shooting in Janda Baik, and as you know its very “keras” there. We did experience things.. But for “Aku Haus Darah Mu,” There was just no time and nothing out of the ordinary.
I Thirst For Your Blood
How far would you go to hunt for your desires? New horror film “Aku Haus Darah MuI” explores just that, with award-winning director Aidilfitri Mohamed Yunos helming the project.
“Aku Haus Darah Mu” follows young anthropologist Lia, who is also a student of traditional dances, and her two friends on a treacherous journey to a remote Malaysian village. Lia is determined to document a dying dance that purportedly incorporates black magic rituals – no matter what the sacrifice is to her, or her companions.
Written by Aidilfitri Mohamed Yunos and Fairul Nizam Ablah, “Aku Haus Darah Mu” was filmed entirely on location in Sabak Bernam and Kuang, Selangor during a packed 15-day shoot in April 2015. Aidilfitri has been terrifying audiences with his television shows “Amukan Pocong” and “Mantera Anjasmoro”. Now he’s coming to scare cinema audiences with his debut film, filling it with psychological twists and tense pacing, and crafting it as a classic Malaysian horror thriller.
Executive Producer Wan Sariah Wan Jaafar has assembled a diverse, cross-generational cast for the film, including Deanna Yusoff (last seen in the period drama “1965” and who makes her return to horror after 8 years), Nad Zainal (“Juvana 2”), Farhanna Qismina (the youngest cast member at 17 and yet with starring roles in “Juvana 2”, “Tanda Putera” and “Damping Malam”), Zoey Rahman (“Dawai Asmara” and “Aku Ada Wali”) and newcomer Amalia Syakirah.
With traditional dance being integral to the plot, the cast trained with award-winning choreographer Suhaili Micheline at Aurora Ballet School prior to filming. This one-month boot camp suitably prepared them for the climactic scene that brings the story to its gruesome end.