Genre: Horror Director: PATCHANON THUMJIRA Cast: Pimpan Chalayanacupt, Witthaya Wasukraisparn,
Kunteera Suttabongoch RunTime: 108 mins Released By: InnoForm Media & Shaw Rating: NC-16 (Some Disturbing Scenes) Official Website :www.colicthemovie.com
Day: 16 November 2006
Colic is a syndrome found in infants, which causes
infants to cry continuously for hours. The reason behind this
illness is usually credited by medical expects to a number
of factors. However, some people believe that it's linked
to something supernatural.
tells a story of a couple (Pongpob and Praeploy) who have
a shotgun wedding upon discovering that Praeploy has unexpectedly
become pregnant. After the wedding, Pongpob brings Phraeploy
to his mother's suburban home. The night before Praeploy delivers
the child, the house next to theirs catches on fire. When
the baby is delivered, and is brought to their house, he screams
and cries with no reason. The doctor considers the baby has
colic, and tells the couple that the ailment will disappear
when the baby turns 3 to 6 months old.
months later, the baby still hasn't stopped crying...while
the family's members encounter to mysterious and unexplained
Some horror films rely heavily on shock tactics –
those cheap and quick jumps and thrills that get you but are
forgotten once you walk out of the cinema. Then there are
those that scare viewers through the psyche – a vicious
‘Ringu’ where you leave the theatre forever to
be terrified. Yet somehow, Colic doesn’t seem to fit
are the ultimate symbol of human innocence. And though the
premise of using them horror films is not new, Colic perhaps
breaks new ground in a stroke of genius and originality (as
well as taboos). Baby Pan is the central figure of the story,
where harmful and vengeful spirits are out to harm him in
gruesome and horrible ways. That dastardly scene when he puts
his hand in the blender was really too much for me.
director Patchanon Thumjira accedes to adding and filling
the film with terribly unnecessary and obvious scares with
overt reliance on industry clichéd soundtrack orchestra
hits and crescendos. These betray the true and potential ingenuity
as well as the brilliance of the hype it stirred. This betrayal
is more hurtful when we notice the presence of Benn; ANOTHER
frightening longhaired crazy woman. Looks like they are here
to stay folks, and all set to ‘terrify’ and dominate
the genre. Personally it is nothing more than the continued
demonisation of women. We have come a long way indeed.
the film really isn’t that scary for a horror film,
and I am a self-confessed wimp when it comes to horror. Big
budgets have the propensity to spell disaster for horror.
The script is incredibly dull in the second act and riddled
with superfluous dialogue. The incessant baby crying, useful
in the beginning for the audience to sympathise with the family,
but later just plain annoying. Also, the CG smoke/gas entity
spirit just does not work for me – it’s more benign
than creepy. I would be more terrified putting an open flame
to it. The film seems to want to go the route of a population
control or pre-marital sex abstinence campaign.
with all these shortcomings, Colic does deliver at some crucial
points and saves itself from total box-office annihilation.
There is some strong acting from the Thai thespians, save
the wooden old goody-two-shoes Grandma. Prae (Pimpan Chalayanacupt)
deserves a special mention. She truly pulls the ensemble together
and her sheer intensity of character draws us in. We truly
feel her fear, her distress and ultimately true mother’s
love as she plunges head first, sacrificing herself to save
her only child.
the innovativeness of allowing a supposed innocent babe to
succumb to as well as witness acts of gore is truly outstanding
as it is disturbing. The film also boasts some clever plot
devices meant to deceive and manipulate, which plays out to
great effect to stir up the imagination of the audience. The
frantic ‘oh no!’ moments from the theatre goers
never stops in the superb, agonising and nail biting finale.
(Horror for the masses. Pregnant mothers-to-be and
new mums please stay away!)