20 Jan – Syafiq Yusof's latest theatrical offering, "Villa Nabila", seems to have brought more than just a horror story to the table, as it has reportedly caused hysteria to break out in the cinema during its screening.
The incident took place during a midnight screening at AEON Tebrau, Johor Bahru recently. Kosmo reports that four women started screaming as the movie played, causing enough disturbances until the movie eventually had to be stopped.
Disgruntled audience took to social media networks to express their disappointment of not being able to watch the movie to the end. Some who managed to film the incident posted short videos of it online.
Director Syafiq Yusof is accused of staging the hysteria as part of his movie's promotional gimmick, an accusation which the 23-year-old was quick to rebuff, saying, "I myself am surprised by the news."
"I have asked the production and marketing sides whether they know about and planned any of this, but they too denied knowing and planning anything," added Syafiq while speaking to Malaysian Digest.
The documentary-style movie is made based on the real stories that took place at an abandoned house of the same name in Johor.
"Villa Nabila" was released in cinemas on 15 January 2015.