Monday, March 29, 2010
Scream Happy New Year with 9 Wat
Gosh, has it really been since December that I posted anything about the upcoming horror thriller 9 Wat?
Well, 9 Wat (9 วัด), English title Secret Sunday, opens on April 13. That day is Songkran, the Thai New Year, which is one of the biggest holidays in the Kingdom. So in addition to giving holiday movie crowds a reason to scream, the release day is auspicious, because many adherents do just what they are doing in the film -- visit nine Buddhist temples in a bid to erase bad karma and clear the way for good luck.
That isn't the way it's working out for "Noon" Siriphan Wattanajinda, a beauty columnist who is being haunted for some reason. Maybe because she dyed her hair a bleach blond. Or wears thick eye makeup. And dresses fashionably. And swims in a bikini. The spirits can't take it. They are angered by non-traditional Thai looks.
So she takes a trip with her architect boyfriend (James Alexander Mackie), who's been tasked with undertaking the nine-wat ritual by his mother. The couple are accompanied by a young monk.
Trouble is, instead of clearing up their bad karma, the temple trek seems to bring them more rotten luck. And bleeding cows. And headless dogs. And a hand that needs washing.
The trailer has crowds jumping in cinemas now and it's on YouTube. And now it's here too.