English and Thai with Chinese and English subtitles
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Cast: Karen Mok, Ananda Everingham, Napakpapha
Nakpasitte, Andrew Lin, Suchao Pongwilai, Tassawan Seneewongse,
RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released By: Scorpio East Pictures, MediaCorp
Raintree Pictures & Cathay-Keris Films
Opening Day: 30 October 2008
by a true Thai ritual of lying in coffins to get rid of bad
luck and prolong life, THE COFFIN is a supernatural thriller
about a young man and a young woman who decide to go through
the ritual in Thailand.
Chris, a claustrophobic architect does it in the hope of saving
his fiance who is dying of terminal cancer. Sue, a nutritionist
visiting Thailand from Hong Kong does it to save her own life
after being diagnosed with a lethal brain tumor - one week
before her wedding.
After the ritual, Chris and Sue experience what appear to
be miracles in their respective lives. But soon, they find
themselves confronted by a series of bizarre and terrifying
Lying in a coffin in hopes of ridding bad luck is a bizarre
but real Thai ritual that is commonly performed. Though it
has been around years, it was only recently that someone came
up with the bright idea of putting something that is different
and scary at the same time and come up with a horror flick.
That said, the movie offers nothing much than the standard
horror fare that has plagued our cinemas.
Coffin is made up of two stories. In the first, Chris (Ananda
Everingham) is a young man who participates in the ritual
in hopes of curing his girlfriend. In other, Sue (Karen Mok)
decides to lie in a coffin, having isolated herself in Thailand
for a week, after learning she has a brain tumor. Their supernatural
experiences occur after the ritual. They soon discover that
they may have committed a major mistake they would both live
a disappointing note, if you have already seen the trailers,
the scary bits have pretty much been revealed. Having seen
these bits, I saw the supposed scary parts coming from miles
away. And, just as the lazy horror flicks that have been constantly
churned out, the scares are tiny and mild.
were genuine moments when you will feel claustrophobic with
the cameras being up close to the actors and the things that
happen to them in the coffins. This should have been further
explored where the audience could constantly be kept in fear
with little room to breathe, which should be the case for
a horror movie.
crafting the story around the characters and their respective
loved ones, the movie attempts to make this horror flick a
tearjerker at the end. This further confuses the direction
the movie is going and the end result is a generally bland
Ananda Everingham performs decently, Karen Mok gives her best
in what is another run-of-the-mill production. Ananda was
far better in Shutter, here; his performance was more pedestrian
than anything else. With Karen, you feel the pain and guilt
her character is going through and this is what makes the
movie watchable enough. The highlight of the supporting cast
is another resident Thai horror actress, Napakpapha Nakprasitte
of Art of the Devil fame, who surprisingly does not really
encounter anything scary herself, resigned to playing Karen’s
best friend. The writer/director of this movie is Ekachai
Uekrongtham of Beautiful Boxer and Pleasure Factory fame.
It was quite a surprise for him to come up with a horror movie
but I guess it shows that he should just stick to dramas.
the fates of the characters in the movie, the end result is
one that is more disappointing than a miracle. I can only
wish that wannabe horror film-makers learn from the best before
making yet another ho-hum movie.
(Do not expect to be buried with terror and gore,
this was dead upon arrival)
Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri