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Sometimes it doesn’t has to be long to be good and the Thai directors behind the latest horror anthology, "4BIA" are here to show that short horror done right could be equally or even more spooky and scary than a full length feature.

The four directors, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (Iron Ladies, M.A.I.D & Metrosexual), Paween Purijitpanya ("Body #19"), Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom ("Alone"& "Shutter") with their actors, Maneerat Kamaoun (Pinn in "Happiness" segment) and Kantapat Permpoonpatcharasuk (Aey in "In the Middle" segment) were in town recently to promote their film.

They revealed to us that it all got started with Director Parkwoon during a flight commuting between Singapore and Thailand. He wondered what if one person had to fly alone with a dead body and how scary that setting could be played out. After intense researching, he actually dug out some interesting information to make what would later become "Last Fright". However, the problem was that it’s not long enough for a full length feature and he really wanted to present this tale in the cinemas.

A discussion with fellow colleagues in the GMM Tai Hub Co LTD (GTH) office who are brainstorming for new ways to make horror movie different from what had been done (to death in many cases) lead to the formation of 4BIA (or phobia in case you are wondering what 4BIA stand for). The four renowned directors from GTH, three with recognition in the horror genre would come up with one short segment each that’s different from the other and make a horror anthology with fear and phobia as the theme.

Director Paween ("Tit for Tat" segment) dream up an action horror about vengeance with a lot of visual and computer generated effects to differentiate from the other shorts while Director Banjong ('In the Middle' segment) brought his choice of horror to an outdoor setting to differentiate his shorts. Last but not least, Director Yongyoot ("Happiness" segment) who is also the producer of this horror anthology took the 'self sacrificing' duties by using the least amount of budget for his segment.

He jokingly explained to us that most of the budget went to Director Parkwoon’s elaborate film set, Director Paween’s CGI effects and Director Banjong’s outdoor location setting, leaving him with very little to work on. To get around that, he came up with a horror story that limits to one setting (one old apartment at Chinatown), one actress (the very attractive Maneerat Kamaoun) with no dialogues (a departure from his films which are usually filled with dialogues).

Not easy feat as actress Maneerat had no prior experience in horror films and had to work alone that it became a test of her acting abilities and trust on her director. However the most difficult part of making this segment was wearing the cast on her leg and falling over with it for more than 20 times.

Kantapat revealed that the difficulties that he faced in making the segment of "In the Middle" was the river rafting scene as none of them had any experience and they had to go through workshop for two weeks to bond as 'close' friends that they are on screen.

As four segments are distinctly different from each other, the directors and casts also had different opinion on which is their favourite segment. Actress Maneerat , Directors Banjong and Paween were fast to say that the "Happiness" segment was their favourite segment. It draws an immediate respond by Director Parkwoon that the two directors are saying it because the Director for the "Happiness" segment happens to be the producer and all their capitals (potentially future ones) depend on him. Parkwoon personally enjoyed "Tit for Tat" more and for the producer, he lovingly and fatherly declared that he loved all the segments. The same sentiment was shared by first time Actor Kantapat who felt that all the different segments had different strength on their own and it’s impossible to choose any from them.

Folks who enjoyed the film will be delighted to learn that development for the next anthology is already in progress and there are already some interesting concepts that came up and once there are enough to make a film, the sequel production will be greenlighted. Keep a look out for it and Moviexclusive.com will be here to report it to you. In the meantime, faced your phobia and check out 4BIA in all good cinemas right now.

Trivial information

Nothing spooky happened on the "Happiness" set but rumours had it that in the old spooky apartment set, someone actually hanged himself on the last day of shooting.

It wasn’t that difficult for these directors to do short segments as they had plenty of short films experience earlier and in particularly Director Paween is a renowned music video director in Thailand and he also did the Music Video for 4BIA.

For the directors of Shutter and Alone, 4BIA marks the first time that they worked alone as they are more confident in directing and they felt 4BIA presented an opportunity to showcase just how different their different styles of directing are.

"4BIA" opens on 21 August 2008 and is reviewed here.

Kantapat Permpoonpatcharasuk & Maneerat Kamaoun

The very pretty Maneerat Kamaoun

Directors Banjong Pisanthanakun, Paween Purijitpanya, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon with Kantapat

Directors Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisanthanakun

Directors Banjong Pisanthanakun and Paween Purijitpanya

Report & Photos: Richard Lim Jr
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