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COLIC (Thailand)


Starring: Pimpan Chalayanacupt, Witthaya Wasukraisparn, Kunteera Suttabongoch
Director: Patchanon Thumjira
Rating: NC-16 (Some Disturbing Scenes)
Year Made: 2006


- Trailers
- Behind the Scenes
- Director's Commentary
- Alternate Opening
- Photo Gallery




Languages: Thai
Subtitles: English & Chinese & Thai
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 44 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoForm Media



Pongpob and Praeploy gets married when Praeploy is unexpectedly pregnant. After the wedding, Pongpob brings Praeploy to his mother's house to settle down. The night before Praeploy delivers the child, the house next to theirs catches on fire. When the baby is delivered, he often screams and cries with no reason. The doctor considers it a case of colic ailment and tells the couple that the ailment will disappear when the baby turns 3 to 6 months old. Several months later, the baby still hasn't stopped crying...while the family's members encounter to mysterious and unexplained experiences.


For those who have been following this reviewer’s writeups, it is quite obvious that he is not exactly a fan of the horror genre. Call him stuck-up or uptight if you want, but he only subscribes to what he snobbishly terms as “intelligent horror”.

For the sake of good karma, this review shall start off commending on the intelligent Mandarin translation of this Thai horror flick. Chinese readers who understand the language would agree that the Mandarin title is a smart word pun on the word “baby”, which creates a double meaning of the supernatural ability of the eye to see ghosts.

How apt, because the storyline does concentrate on a baby who cries non-stop. Is the poor infant seeing things he shouldn’t be seeing? Or is it a mere medical condition that causes babies to cry continuously for hours? His baffled parents are as puzzled as we are, especially there have also been unexplained and bizarre incidents happening as well.

To its credit, the 104-minute Thai movie does explore the supernatural world from a unique angle compared to other movies from the country. But the plot sadly gets muddled up trying to find its balance between creating an eerie atmosphere and anchoring a scientific justification for everything that has happened.

When the final sequence attempts to introduce a twist to the already jumbled movie, it only serves as the final nail to the coffin.

There are a few creepily executed scenes which will make you sit up, especially the one at the special disability centre where patients go berserk. The production value is also considerably high for a Thai horror production. Points go to the filmmakers who put in effort to employ some nice use of cinematography, music underscore and sound design.

The adult cast Witthaya Wasukraipaisarn and Pimpan Chalayanacupt succeed in looking constantly concerned and worried for their newborn child. If we were them, we’d be anxious and vexed too – you’d have to endure the crying for the entire movie yourself to experience how it can get on your nerves.

This Patchanon Thumjira-directed movie will please the ordinary Asian horror fan with its above-average aspects. But it’d take a whole lot more to make this self-important reviewer happy.


Now we know what it is like to be language-impaired. The DVD’s producers have kindly included quite a number of extra features on the disc, but alas, they are entirely in Thai with no subtitles. Either they conveniently forgot about viewers who do not understand Thai, or they are very confident that the targeted market for the DVD is those who understand the language. Either way, we are bewildered.

Director Commentary – We can’t understand the language, so we can’t tell you what the director is talking about. He sounds very engaged in the conversation though.

Behind the Scenes – We have no clue what the interviewees are talking about in this 24-minute segment. But the actual shoot for the movie looks rather tedious, judging from the crew’s worn-out expressions. The adorable baby does seem to be professionally trained, from the way he instantly burst into tears when necessary.

Alternate Opening – A six-odd minute alternate opening which sees our male protagonist being irritated by a little girl’s crying during a photo shoot. Hence, he goes to find the female protagonist who is hard at work pitching a sales idea in a meeting. They talk a little; they emote a lot; and decide to marry. That is what we gathered from the subtitle-less segment. If we were correct in our interpretation, we don’t think it’d make a lot of difference from the original opening.

Photo Gallery – Finally, a feature that doesn’t make us feel marginalized. This two-odd minute segment is a photo slide show of stills from the movie, as well as some production pictures. Nice music accompaniment and transitions used.

Trailer – A two minute trailer (yes, with no subtitles) that makes the movie look really spine-chilling.

DVD Credit – These people must love themselves so much that they actually dedicated a one-odd minute roller credit page to themselves. Given the visually-enhancing graphics used on the DVD menu page, let’s not be a scrooge and give them the deserved credit. However, hey are written in Thai, so it makes no sense to us too.


The visual transfer is clear enough for you to make out what’s happening, and there is an option of Thai Dolby Digital of 2.0 and 5.1. The director’s commentary is in 2.0, let’s not even go there.



Review by John Li



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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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