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Starring: Phetthai Wongkamlao, Charnarong Khantheethao, Boriboon Janrueng
Director: Adirek Wataleela
Rating: PG (Horror)
Year Made: 2006


VCD Format (2 Discs)
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Distributor: InnoForm Media



Tom Penlert had always dream of being an epic film director. But after a lifetime of trying, that seemed to be all just a dream. Tom has always had a very good reputation as a director of short films and he even earned himself a number of awards. However he has never managed to break into the big league of the film industry. That is until he got together with his best friends, Tik, Doo, Peaw, Nek and Lookmee and came up with a reality ghost hunting show. It is an instant hit. The concept is simple: to investigate and determine the truth behind many of the scariest ghost stories around the country. Armed with only a camera and their wits, they venture out into the spooky world of spirits to find their destiny. The only flaw in their perfect plan is..they are all petrified of anything supernatural!


We do not know of many reviewers who enjoy sitting through horror movies. Not because they are cowards, there is often nothing positive to write about these days. And to make things worse, Asian horror pictures are flooding the market, and there is only one reason why – the money it brings in at the box office.

For some strange reason, horror movies attract the crowd, and are bound to bring home decent amounts of box office earnings. At first glance, this Thai production may be like the tons of Thai horror flicks out there. After sitting through its entire 100 minutes (yes, this reviewer actually takes the effort to be objective and gives every film a chance), we are proud to say that it actually has something refreshingly different to offer.

The story tells of a man who dreams of being a filmmaker who produces quality movies. But the realistic world tells him that the film industry is a business: horror movies sell well. Before long, our protagonist is leading a motley crew around the country exploring haunted villages and buildings, and starring in a variety show which proves to be a hit with the crowd.

Beat this, the movie even boasts of an agreeable twist at the end.

What makes this movie work is its take on the Thai horror genre. It laughs at its own exports by generating cheap laughs which are aplenty (unintentional of course) in a typical Thai scare-fest. Low production values, cheap makeup and cheesy special effects which are littered throughout this Adirek Wattaleela-directed movie are meant to poke fun at the state of things in the local film industry, and it certainly milked some laughs out of us too.

Also, Phetthai Wongkamlao (you’d remember him for his hilarious roles in Ong Bak and Tom Yum Goong) plays the protagonist with great comedic effect. His team which comprises of a production assistant, a popular singer and a variety host, also complement each other with appropriate chemistry.

At the end of the day, what brings this movie a notch the others is its fusion of comedy and horror, and how it actually entertains us instead of treating us like viewers who pay good money to scream and huddle in fear at every cheap scare on screen.


Review by John Li


Other titles from Innoform:

. The Knot

. Silk

. The Host

. Boa

. Forbidden Siren

. The Banquet

. Hell

. Ghost Valentine

. My Name Is Fame

. Born To Fight

. Lizard Woman

. Letter

. Chai-Lai Angels

. Helen the Baby Fox

. Love Asia

. The Commitment

. The Story of X-Circle

. Beautiful, Wonderful, Perfect

. Hit Man



This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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