Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Five stories means five posters and more for Phobia 2
Following up on last week's announcement of the directors and cast for the new GTH horror omnibus Haa Phraeng (ห้าแพร่ง "five crossroads" or Phobia 2), a new batch of posters has emerged -- one for each tale.
Deknang's Popcornmag forum has them and Bangkok 1080 grabbed them. Lyn's Lakorns offers more photos and lots of details about each segment, who's starring in what and which part is directed by which director.
Backpackers stars Charlie Trairat in what is possibly his darkest turn ever in a story involving "a road trip gone bad, human trafficking, and murder". Lyn thinks it's Charlie doing the killing, and poster, with him shutting the door on a truck jammed full of bodies seems to hint at that too. It's also a pretty dark turn for the director -- Songyos Sugmakanan, who's new to the Phobia franchise. But he's done horror before, directing Charlie in Dorm. Charlie is an old standby for Songyos, who made his debut as one of the six directors of Fan Chan with Charlie, and had Charlie in last year's romance Hormones (Pidtermyai Huajai Wawoon).
Next up is Used Car directed by Parkpoom Wongpoom, half of the Shutter/Alone pair. It stars singer-actress Nicole Theriault (One Night Husband) in a story about a mysterious used car. Perhaps their car has a ghost? Sometimes in Thai culture there is a stigma about buying second-hand cars or old houses, because of the spirits that might be involved. So maybe this story will truck along those lines.
People on Set stars Alone's Marsha Wattanapanich playing a caricature of herself, as a diva singer-actress on a film set where strange things start to happen. I like her look on the poster -- frazzled and worn, and perhaps a bit evil. The segment is directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun, the other half of the Shutter/Alone duo.
Thorny Palm Tree is interesting. This is the segment by Body #19 director Paween Purikijpanya and it stars young “Gao” Jirayu Laoonmanee as a novice monk who's on a scary solo pilgrimage. I'm interested to see how Paween's comic-book style will work with this story.
Finally there's Shared Room starring singer “Dan” Worawech Danuwong in a segment by another newcomer to the franchise, Visute Poolvoralaks, a veteran producer who's making his directorial debut. The story I think somewhat recalls Yongyooth Thongkonthun's segment in 4Bia, which had a girl immobilized by a broken leg. Here, Dan has both his legs broken. "Aw. Poor Dan," Lyn says. "Someone is under his bed and he can’t do anything about it."
Phobia 2 is due in Thai cinemas on September 9.