Geng Kubur celebrates resilience and human spirit

It offers a fresh take on horror genre by intertwining elements of coming-of-age drama with supernatural suspense

WHEN thinking about places to chill with your friends, cemeteries probably don’t rank very high for most.

However, for Geng Kubur director, Gavin Yap, it was not out of the question when he was growing up.

Yap shared that when his family moved back to Malaysia after having lived overseas in the UK for an extended period, they resided in homes that were very close to cemeteries.

“I don’t know if it is coincidental or not, but when we were staying in Damansara Utama, my family home was near a cemetery. Then, after moving to Penang, our home there was also close to a cemetery.”

“Hanging out at cemeteries was literally one of the activities I used to do with my school friends,” the Dendam Pontianak director added.

This sort of sparked the idea to make a movie about a bunch of characters who hang out at cemeteries. Yap is credited as director and scriptwriter for Geng Kubur.

Sharing more about the film, Yap added that the story is about four best friends that took up hanging out in the cemetery as their main activity. But there’s more to the story of course.

Geng Kubur is not just a horror film, but also focuses on the life journey of each of the four friends.

“Each character has their own backstories and baggage that haunt them.”

Geng Kubur features young talents such as Firdaus Sufiyan, who portrays Firhan, Mia Sara Shauki (Melati), Lion Chong (Fang Liang) and Sasidaran Subramaniam (Prem) as the main actors.

According to Yap, the shooting was done in September 2022 at locations including Hulu Langat, Bandar Utama and Kampung Baru.

“The main inspiration behind Geng Kubur is that I wanted to do a coming-of-age film so I can explore certain things that we go through when we were kids such as our insecurities, fears, secrets and how they can haunt us,” he added.

He is confident that anyone watching the film will reminisce and feel nostalgic about their school days.

“I hope that every viewer will be able to see ‘themselves’ in each of the characters. This is more than just a horror film.”

Meanwhile, Michael Chen as the executive producer said he was drawn to produce Geng Kubur because of its distinctive voice.

“Yap clearly has something to say. Besides the horror elements, the unique part of this film also portrays universal themes of friendship, family and self-acceptance.

“Every character is flawed and imperfect. Just like real life. But unlike real life, where some of us could live out our whole lives without facing our personal ugly truths, our movie will progressively put our characters in a situation where they will be forced to face their deepest, darkest fears and insecurities. They must learn to overcome or face the consequences. Great message for all of us, young and old,” Chen said, adding that the production cost of Geng Kubur is RM 1.2 million.

Ultimately for him, Chen added that to be able to produce this film is a satisfaction in itself.

Produced by Iron Hill Media Sdn Bhd, Geng Kubur will be in theatres starting April 25, 2024. — TMR / pic source: Iron Hill Media