In Thai with English subtitles
Director: Songsak Mongkolthong
Cast: Achita Pramoi Na Ayudhya, Pakkramai Potranan,
Namo Tonggumnerd, Pimonwan Hoonthongkam, Ongart Cheamcharoenpornkul,
Chamlong Klingpetch, Apichai Trakulpadejkrai
RunTime: 1 hr 36 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: PG (Horror)
Official Website: http://www.thescreenthemovie.com/eng/
Opening Day: 28 February 2008
Based on a true story, THE SCREEN AT KAMCHANOD is set in 2007,
a modern world still haunted by past mystery. Dr. Yuth (Achita
Pramoj Na Ayudhya) is obsessed with finding the truth behind
the newspaper report on the incident in which film projectionists
were hired to screen movies to a throng of ghosts. Dr Yuth’s
girlfriend, Orn (Pakkramai Potranan), who suffers from his
creepy obsession, wants to leave him but instead becomes part
of his experiment. They set out to Kamchanod with two senior
journalists who believe they will have a shot at journalistic
fame if they uncover the whole truth. Roj (Namo Tonggumnerd),
a homeless kid who has a crush on Orn, worms his way into
the group and accompany the Bangkokians on their trip. They
all venture into the macabre terrain of Kamchanod in the hope
of finding out whether the ghosts actually hired the projectionists
to screen outdoor movies for them. The supernatural will merge
with the reality, and those who’re looking for explanation
will only encounter more ghostly mysteries that may cost them
their sanity, if not their lives.
The Point (Short Review):
many of it’s predecessors, this Asian horror flick utilizes
common modern objects as their machinery to churn out fears.
Like many of it’s predecessors, it turned out to be
half baked and tried to be too smart for it’s own good.
Like many of it’s predecessors, it lacks strong plotting
and characterization. The only saving grace would be the scary
moments that it managed to muster through fine usage of editing
and sound. But that saving grace was repeated once too often
and it can get tiresome.
Rant (Long review):
in those days when Moviexclusive.com had a forum, there was
a discussion on how desperate Asian horror filmmakers had
gotten that they had resorted to pulling any devices they
could find and “attempts” to build a horror story
around it. This discussion was sparked by the Korean horror
wannabe, The Wig and numerous references were made to the
silly premises of such wannabes. Then the discussion veered
to what could be next and I jokingly suggested “The
Cinema” where people die after watching lousy horror
forward to a few years later, the horrifying revelation came
upon us that “The Cinema” concept was made into
a movie called “The Screen” and like the “not
so good” Thai predecessor, The House shown recently
in Singapore; it is supposedly based on actual events.
both of these Thai horrors and the only advantage that The
Screen had over The House was that it had better editing to
generate plentiful scare-a-moment situations. Similar to The
Maid, the only beneficial element of this film would be that
it could be used as an educational tool to teach future horror
movie wannabe filmmakers on how to correctly use the editing
and sounds to create the atmospheric sense of dreadful horror.
There are just too many of those who can’t even create
a truly scary moment in their weak attempt to plot a ghost/horror
then again, too much of a good thing is not exactly good.
two or three servings of such scare-a-moment situations, it
was unravel a few weakness of this film. It’s either
that the filmmaker(s) wasn’t able to create any truly
horrific finale with the Screen as the main device or they
were out of decent and contributive ideas for this story that
they decided to pad this movie with as many scary moments
as they possibly could. Either way, it’s an obvious
indication that it was a crappy concept that was out to cash
out on the general crowds that will flock to watch any horror
plot device aside, the story telling was a mess.
of all, this horrible horror movie tired to be smarter than
what it’s premise allows. That would mean adding unnecessary
twist and turn to their characters and the plots which not
only confuse but destroy the characterization that it had
establish earlier in the movie.
comes the unexplained motivation of all the central characters
involved in this ghastly mission. For example, It was never
stated why the leader of the pack was so hell bent on recreating
the ghostly outdoor cinematic event in the first place. Even
when members of his cursed expedition started dropping off
in front of him, nothing seems to deter him from his mission.
The movie then tried to sell that his motivation was derived
from his vanity which felt like a far stretch from what the
character had already established.
are more to it but as far as horror movies goes in Singapore
(and many other countries), the majority of the audience need
their horror fix as the zombies need to devour human flesh
with no apparent valid reason. There isn’t really any
reason to dissect this film anymore than it’s required.
Lousy plotting and characterization but packs a few decent
scary scenes that will cause the scaredy-cats jump from their
(It’s almost unScreenable, except for the few truly
Review by Richard Lim Jr