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By James Whittington, Thursday 15th April 2010
Four of Thailand’s hottest new directors and masters of the macabre – Paween Purikitpanya (Body), Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (Best Of Times) and the co-directing team responsible for Shutter, Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter) – come together to serve up a fresh feast of fear in the horror anthology, Phobia, coming to DVD in May 2010.
Yongyoot Thongkongtoon kicks things off with Happiness, a dialogue-free instalment featuring a teenage girl, housebound due to injuries received in a taxi accident, whose only connection to the outside world is via her mobile phone. Another boring evening starts to look promising when she begins receiving friendly text messages from a mysterious boy. Things take a turn for the worse when it becomes apparent that the texts are being sent from beyond the grave by a lonely corpse and he’s very keen to meet up… with…
In Tit For Tat a group of dope-smoking school bullies face bloody, Final Destination-style retribution when their latest victim, a fellow student, seeks revenge via black magic and a terrifying curse from which there is no escape. Or is there?
A self-referential horror-comedy that manages to give passing nods to Titanic, The Sixth Sense, The Others and the director’s own Shutter, amongst other movies, Banjong Pisanthanakun’s In The Middle even has one character posing the question: “Why are ghosts always females with white faces and long, straight dark hair?” Four youths on a camping and white river rafting trip experience terror when one of their number goes missing after their dinghy capsizes.
Directed by Parkpoom Wongpoom, Last Flight takes the movie’s shock factor to new heights as the sole stewardess on a flight taking home the body of a deceased princess is haunted, mid-air, by the woman whose marriage she wrecked and who she accidentally killed.
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