In Keeper of Darkness (痞子驱人), the title character finds accidental fame when a video of his exorcisms go viral. If ghosts were so easily captured on video in the real world, what horrors might we find lurking in Singapore? Here are some supernatural explanations for the terrors that plague us everyday. Maybe that legend about the $1-dollar coin being a ward against evil spirits holds some truth after all…

1. Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) demons

Something watches the trains... Credit: Property Guru

Something watches the trains… Credit: Property Guru

Maybe there is some… thing… plaguing our metro systems. After all, train disruptions seemed to have increased around the same time the $1 coin changed (legend has it that the first $1 coin was designed in the shape of an octagonal charm to provide islandwide prosperity). In fact, there’s even a Wikipedia list on the topic!

Given that much of our rail system goes underground, and is said to have cut through several burial grounds, it’s not surprising that some thing might have gotten really unhappy with us.

2. Smoke imps

Maybe there's a smoke monster here too? Credit: Lost Wikia

Maybe there’s a smoke monster here too? Credit: Lost Wikia

The haze is a yearly issue, sure. But notice how it always seems to come around or after the Seventh Month? Could it be that when the underworld throws open its gates, smoke imps conspire to draw the haze towards Singapore? Our weather is already as hot as hell – if we add smoke for good measure, our country would be both hot and smoky, like a pit of fire and brimstone. There could be creatures who just want to make their yearly sojourn in the mortal realm feel a bit more like home…

3. Internet goblins

The unseen plagues the Internet. Credit: The Express Tribune

The unseen plagues the Internet. Credit: The Express Tribune

Even with the addition of a 4G network, our data connections always seem to lag just when we need it most. Even WiFi connections are not spared – just look at the number of complaints about our broadband speed online. If our technology is cutting edge, which it is, then there has to be another explanation for the lag. Perhaps something is leeching off our Internet connections – things which eat the Internet to survive. Perhaps these are: the Internet goblins.

4. Money monsters

Money fuels this creature. Credit: Emel Empire

Money fuels this creature. Credit: Emel Empire

They say that money is the root of all evil. What if this were literally the case? What if there were actually a monster that was eating our money. Our currency, which has been rising steadily against the U.S. dollar, took a plunge this year, disrupting Black Friday plans for online shoppers all over the country. The only saving grace is that the Internet goblins probably would have made us too laggy to snag the best deals before they got sold out anyway.

Incidentally, an actual money monster exists in historical texts called Mammon, which means this idea is a lot older than we give it credit. Of course, Mammon probably didn’t affect exchange rates back then.

5. Complaint ghosts

Sadly, not all monsters are this cute. Credit: GoodFon.Su

Sadly, not all monsters are this cute. Credit: GoodFon.Su

And finally, we come to the favourite pastime of Singaporeans – complaining. In fact, that’s what this entire post has been – complaining about things and blaming the unseen around us for it! I bet that’s some sort of supernatural influence on all of us that makes us grouse about everything. Whatever this complaint ghost is, we really need to exorcise it soon.

Keeper of Darkness (痞子驱魔人) poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Keeper of Darkness (痞子驱魔人) poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

And who better to exorcise it than the Keeper of Darkness, Fatt? He deals with creatures which are much less ephemeral in Keeper of Darkness (痞子驱魔人), but his greatest enemy might actually come from within. Will he be able to overcome his own personal complaint ghost? Catch Keeper of Darkness (痞子驱魔人) to find out!

Credits: Property Guru, Lost Wikia, The Express Tribune, Emel Empire, GoodFon.Su, Golden Village Cinemas