The Jakarta Post
Thai filmmakers are famous for making some of the best horror movies to date. (Shutterstock/-)
Fans of horror movies know very well that they can always expect a good scare from Thai filmmakers. If you haven’t yet seen at least one of them, here are some of the country’s horror movies that you should not watch alone.
Alone ( 2007 )
Directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, Alone follows conjoined twins Pim and Ploy, both played by Marsha Wattanapanich. Following surgery to separate them, only Pim survives and she later leaves Thailand for South Korea. When Pim decides to return to her home country years later to take care of her mother, she starts to be haunted by Ploy.
Back in 2007, Alone was quite a success at the LA Screamfest awards in the Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Editing and Best Cinematography categories.
Coming Soon ( 2008 )
Set mostly in a cinema, Coming Soon revolves around a haunted movie that tells the story of an insane old lady who lives in a rural area. As she often tortures children, one day she is captured and hanged by villagers. Years later, the movie is screened in a cinema where Shane (Chantavit Dhanasevi) works as the projectionist. After he watches the movie, Shane is haunted by the old lady. He soon realizes there is something wrong with the film, but perhaps it is already too late.
Directed by Sophon Sukdapisit, the writer of Alone and Shutter, it is advisable to watch Coming Soon until the very end, no matter how scared you are.
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Shutter ( 2004 )
One night after a party, Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee) and her photographer boyfriend Tun (Ananda Everingham) are involved in an accident. Their car hits a young woman, but Tun insists that they leave the scene immediately instead of checking on the victim. The incident initiates a series of terrors and mysterious appearances of a woman in Tun’s photographs.
Directed by the duo Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom before the release of Alone, Shutter was nominated for Best Film with a Golden Kinnaree Award at the Bangkok International Film Festival. Hollywood remade the movie in 2008 with the same title starring Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor.
Laddaland ( 2011 )
Laddaland is a combination of horror and family drama. It tells the story of a family that moves to a new high-end neighborhood called Laddaland. Strange incidents start to occur, however, including the death of a housemaid. Although almost all the family members experience supernatural incidents, Thee, the head of the family, refuses to believe them, which later triggers more problems.
Laddaland was so successful that it reached the peak of the Thai box office. The movie also premiered at the Busan International Film Festival back in 2011.
4bia ( 2008 )
This anthology of four horror stories in one movie is directed by four different filmmakers. Each story has a different theme: the first one follows a lonely girl and a stranger, the second one is about bullying, the third is the story of a camping trip gone wrong, and the last is about supernatural terrors on a flight.
Fast becoming a hit in Thailand and abroad, 4bia was screened internationally including at the 2009 International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. (kes)