Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Thai horror roundup

I will continue to underestimate the power of horror films and the interest people have in them, and it will be my downfall.

Ghost of Mae Nak has been picked up by Tartan for sale in the UK and US.

This is just part of a roundup of Thai horror film news that Kung Fu Cult Cinema has been reporting in recent days.

Twitch also has a review of Ghost of Mae Nak.

A Thai film, directed by British writer-director Mark Duffield, Ghost of Mae Nak is about a young couple in Bangkok who are haunted by the legendary ghost, most famously depicted in Nang Nak by Nonzee Nimibutr and in nearly two dozen other Thai films over the years. Nak is a woman who died in childbirth while her husband was off fighting a war. He returns home to his loving wife and bouncing baby boy and senses nothing wrong at first, but then the reality of the situation becomes clear. To drive out the spirits, a revered Buddhist monk knocked a hole in the forehead of Nak's corpse and kept the relic as a talisman.

KFC Cinema also has news about Alone and Body, a couple of upcoming horror flicks from GMM Tai Hub. The website of Thai film studio GTH (Shutter, Dorm) has updated with a couple of posters and synopses for a couple of their upcoming films alone (from the same director of Shutter) and Body. Both are set for late 2006/early 2007 releases.

The story of a long-lost Siamese twin, Alone is directed by the Shutter duo, Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisanthanakun and stars Marsha Watanapanich.

Then there's Body, which somehow involves a murderer trying to dispose of a body by cutting it up with a surgical scalpel and flushing it down the toilet. This resembles an actual case here in Thailand a few years ago, when a prominent doctor was convicted and sentenced to death for dismembering his wife, who was also a physician. In Body, directed by Paween Purijitpanya, a man sees the crime happening in his dreams and comes to believe that the dead woman is sending him messages that speak of revenge: "I am still here."

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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