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Thank you for joining our annual Halaloween: A Muslim Film Festival presented by the Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) at the University of Michigan.

From Oct 6th to the 13th, stream the Malaysian horror film Roh on demand at watch.eventive.org/halaloween. Pre-order the film anytime, and check out the rest of the months Halaloween Horror selection!


2019 | 83 minutes | Malay | Malaysia

Directed by: Emir Ezwan

Halaloween Horror Rating 4/5 

Rating explanation: Suspenseful, female-centered folk horror film and psychological thriller set in a remote, isolated Malaysian rainforest area. Contains blood, gore, creepy ancient jinn, and multiple scenes involving creepy kids and violence against children. This film is recommended for adults and older teens only. 

Religious content: This film invokes Quranic verses and Islamic theology on jinn. 


Roh (Soul), is a 2019 Malaysian Malay-language independent folk horror film directed by Emir Ezwan in his directorial debut. Set in the past, a family living in a forest is visited by a strange little girl, who comes with a frightening prediction.


What's Halaloween? In 2019 during the month of October, we launched the first ever Muslim Horror Film Festival: Halaloween. Halaloween screens horror films from across the globe that were made by, for, or about Muslims with the hopes of understanding ‘What scares Muslim audiences? Are horror movies halal?’.  The previous Halaloween Festivals featured A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Dachra, Siccin 4 and more.

This year’s festival will be both in person and online, screening one film a week during the month of October, and ending with an in-person screening at the State Theater, Friday, October 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM.

The festival is free and will come to you wherever you are (though some films may not be available in certain countries). Films will be unlocked online each week of October, and viewers will have the week to watch each film We're also inclusive of everyone's film needs: from new horror fans who close their eyes through most of the films to those who love the gore - we've got films for everyone!

Check the Halaloween Horror Rating in the description of each film for a better sense on how scary each film will be. We'll wrap up the month of October with a live panel discussion on Muslim Horror, the use of Islam and the Quran, and how each region differs in its creation of horror films. Stay tuned for the 2022 lineup of films and an announcement on the Muslim Horror Panel discussion!

Halaloween is brought to you by the Global Islamic Studies Center and cosponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Department, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the African Studies Center, Department of Communication and Media, The Department of Film, Television, and Media, American Culture, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Arab and Muslim American Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for Arab American Studies at UM-Dearborn, and Shudder.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    83 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Emir Ezwan
  • Screenwriter
    Nazri, Emir Ezwan, Amir Hafizi
  • Producer
    Shizreen Saleh
  • Executive Producer
    Amir Muhammad
  • Co-Producer
    Elise Shick