A production crew from a Bangkok advertising agency has been
driving through the night to reach their destination before
their deadline ends. Little did they know that the word 'deadline'
was going to leave an everlasting impression on their souls.
Late at night after many hours of driving, Lae a precocious
man with a large sexual appetite is involved in a head on
collision with a large ten-wheel-truck. All seven of the victims
believed they have escaped the terror until they step out
of the mini van and find themselves in the middle of a dark
and dissolute world full of demons, pain and torture.
The fate of all seven rests with Art and Ja, members of the
production team who find themselves in hell before their time
If you ask us, “Hell”
is quite a rude title to have for a movie. The word is never
associated with anything nice, and unfortunately, that is
true for this Thai movie too.
The 2005 horror and gore fest directed by
Sathit Praditsarn and Teekayu Thamnitayakul tells the story
of a group of colleagues who meet with an accident while traveling
and gets sent to the netherworld to get punished for their
mortal sins. That place is no happy place, as anyone would
tell you. So begins a 92-minute extravaganza of gross makeup
and gruesome moments.
The movie does attempt to develop some themes
of how we should live our lives properly so we won’t
suffer during our afterlives, but these well-meaning messages
are lost in the filmmakers’ obsession to exploit those
countless brutal and bloody torture scenes in the movie.
While this picture is strictly for fans of
dreadfully distasteful monsters, ghouls and corpses, we sense
some campiness we haven’t seen in horror movies for
some time. Call us sadistic, but it was rather fun to see
how warped some people’s minds can be.
Of course, it will only be a matter of time
when you get sick and tired of the same old tactics used repeatedly
in this movie.
Sure, we’d be laughing at the predictable
moments, the silly-looking hell-lords and the obligatory cast
of characters, but remember – do not incur too much
bad karma, or you may just end up in the same sorry states
all, it is better to be safe than sorry.
by John Li