For the gentlemen in the island nation of Singapore, it is a mandatory rite of life to go through a 2 years phase of military national service.
Beginning our Basic Military Training at a remote island we call "Pulau Tekong", it is common to hear of supernatural urban myths and past tales of experience from fellow soldiers. Especially when the island is a dense jungle habitation with no other residents apart from the training military training personnel.
From my personal experience, I had little or none spooky encounters to share. Possibly due to the extreme fatigue induced by the strenuous daily training, my mind was likely immuned to any weird happenings around me. Despite so, it was always fun and atmospheric to indulge in eerie story sharings by my fellow comrades in camp.
For those who've served in the military before, perhaps you might have a few interesting encounters or tales to share. If so, we'd love to hear it from you!
Slated for an upcoming November release in Singapore, 23:59 is a horror thriller set in 1983 on an island used for military training directed and written by Gilbert Chan.
A rumor had been circulating like wild fire amongst the soldiers. A mad woman living on the island had died at the exact hour of 23:59, and it is believed that her spirit had returned to haunt the soldiers at the exact same time.
One of the recruits, Tan, the introverted platoon outcast, is adamant that he will be the next victim of the mad woman's spirit. He tries to convince his buddy Jeremy that the woman's spirit has been visiting him every night. Jeremy laughs it off and claims that there are no such things as ghosts in this world. They only exist because of Tan's overactive imagination.
However, during the 24 km road march for the platoon in the forest, Tan was found dead by the river, with his limbs contorted in a strange way and an expression of deep fear on his face. Overwhelmed with guilt, Jeremy decides to investigate Tan's death, convinced that it was not an accident as what the military officers believe.
Little does he know that the truth behind Tan's death will unearth a terrible dark secret of the island and he will have to confront his deepest fears in order to find the truth.
For more details, check out 23:59's Official Facebook Page and also remember to check out its trailer at the top of this post.
23:59 opens in Singapore theatres 3 November 2011.