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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Starring: Karen Mok, Ananda Everingham, Napakpapha Nakprasitte, Andrew Lin
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2008



- Making of
- B Roll
- Trailer, Film Clips & Deleted Scenes




Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 21 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Inspired by a controversial but true Thai ritual of lying in coffins to get rid of bad luck and prolong life, Chris (Ananda Everingham), a claustrophobic architect hopes to lengthen Mariko, his girlfriend’s life and decides to overcome his fear of lying in the coffin. Sue (Karen Mok), a nutritionist, takes care of her health religiously. However, only 2 weeks before marrying her fiancé, Sue finds out that she is in the final stage of lung cancer. Sue then runs away from Hong Kong to Thailand and discovers the coffin ceremony and decides to participate to save her own life. Soon after the ritual ends, both unexpectedly experience a series of paranormal and terrifying incidents.


Sitting through this movie is much like watching its own death. It begins promisingly enough with an intriguing scene of its central premise- the mass ritual of lying in coffins to get rid of one’s bad luck. Apparently, there really does exist such a practice in Thailand and writer-director Ekachai Uekrongtham would have you know that- there’s a news crew on scene to enhance the veracity of it.

This is when we first meet the two main characters- Chris (Ananda Everingham) and Sue (Karen Mok). Chris hopes that his girlfriend Mariko will be given a new lease of life and Sue wishes a recovery for herself from lung cancer, already in the advanced stages. During the ritual, Chris experiences a frightening nightmare and falls unconscious. Sue, on the other hand, is involved in a car accident shortly after.

The premise and this setup of events would indeed be ripe fodder for a horror movie. But Ekachai Uekrongtham has other intentions (as he also revealed in an interview contained in this DVD). His is a meditation on life and death, of the twin forces of creation and destruction that mankind has no control over and that mankind does not understand.

As its tagline would suggest, The Coffin is really about tempting fate and cheating fate. It is akin to a poor man’s version of Final Destination because this is exactly what this movie’s perspective on death is. You can’t cheat death- if you are meant to go, you are meant to go. Like Final Destination, The Coffin is about the consequences of cheating death, but this time on the people around us who suffer as a result.

Call it a marketing ploy then- because most people will approach this as a shock-galore horror movie and probably end up sorely disappointed. Yes, The Coffin does have its moments that will make you jump, but these seem to be obligatory insertions to please the masses. Instead, one is best advised to approach The Coffin as a reflection on life and death.

Nonetheless, while this is meant as a thoughtful affair, the plot is simply too bare to engage the viewer. The two principal actors do not appear together at all save for a few brief minutes towards the end. Karen Mok is certainly not at her best here- her portrayal of a cancer patient at the last stages of her life does not convince. Ananda Everingham is watchable as ever but even his performance cannot save the monotony of the story.

It seems therefore that the movie actually begins with its climax and then rapidly goes downhill from there. Not enough story, and not enough scares, (to invoke a cliché) this was literally dead on arrival.


Interview with Director and Cast:
Ekachai Uekrongtham shares his vision behind his first horror movie; and cast Karen Mok and Ananda Everingham weigh in on their experience of shooting The Coffin. Choppy editing mars the otherwise mildly interesting insights.

B Roll: This looks like the footage that would have gone into The Making of The Coffin that somehow did not get made. Perhaps the most interesting footage is how the scene of the mass coffin ritual was set up. Otherwise you can fast forward through most of this.

International Trailer, Film Clips and Deleted Scenes: The film clips are a rehash of some of the more memorable scenes in the movie. And the deleted scenes? Let’s just say there’s a reason they were left on the floor of the cutting room.


The English/Thai Dolby 5.1 surround nicely brings out the creepy sound effects in the movie while the picture is well rendered .



Review by Gabriel Chong



. The Coffin (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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