Meat Grinder (Cheuat Gon Chim, เชือด ก่อน ชิม)screened at the recent Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and I wondered what anyone thought of it. The Hollywood Reporter's Maggie Lee liked it. Here's an excerpt from her review:
Thanks to Meat Grinder, Thai cinema now boasts its own Sweeney Todd in the form of a female psychopath who grinds her victims into meatballs for noodle soup. Tiwa Moeithaisong (who multi-tasks in direction, cinematography editing and lighting) joins the ranks of Hong Kong B-movie expert Herman Yau (whose Bun Man: The Untold Story is a prototype) in cooking up the kind of extreme cult Asian horror that has an intriguingly-told story, indelible protagonist and auteur style to burn.
So yeah. No distribution deal, other than Taiwan (and Hong Kong, Lee notes). And no DVDs anywhere that I know of. It's going to be a long slog for Westerners wanting to see this tasty and increasingly rare bit of Thai horror. Meanwhile, I have an interview with Meat Grinder star Mai Charoenpura, in which she talks about how she was drawn to the role. Stay tuned for that tomorrow.