Horror, Supernatural Horror
At a Thai hospital, a doctor and his seven nubile nurses engage in the sale of bodies. Jealousy causes Tawan, one of the nurses, to threaten to blow the whistle on the practice, so the others murder her. The dealer in bodies doesn't arrange for delivery of Tawan's corpse for a full week. As midnight approaches on the seventh day after the murder, each of the remaining nurses as well as Dr. Taa, faces a supernatural revenger. In flashbacks we see the events leading up to the murder and realize the full range of relationships among the main characters, including the duplicitous Dr. Taa and Tawan's sister, Nook.
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As much as I hate to agree with that ass-burger Roger Ebert, both he and Gene Siskel made valid points about movie trailers. For instance, most film trailers tend to sell a movie by any means necessary, regardless of actual content, purpose, theme or reason behind that actual work. Most trailers will essentially show you all the scenes they KNOW you want to see, regardless as to whether or not it ruins and twists or surprises. Hell, some trailers will go so far as to include scenes that were actually cut from the theatrical release of a film ("It doesn't say Cox unless I say it tastes like Cox", etc), which is a dick-move amongst the realm of dick-moves.
Review by Ginose
Added: September 07, 2009
Now, it's completely true that this works. And boy does it work. I couldn't tell someone how many times I've gone and seen a shit-fest of a movie based on what I saw in the trailer alone. Tonight's piece managed to sweep me in with, hands-down, one of the simplest, cheapest trailers I've ever scene. I was vastly impressed with the imagery and tone of it and all it took was ONE suggestion from a friend to track-down and view this, a fairly recent Thai horror-comedy... with a lack on comedy and an emphasis on horror... a very shitty emphasis...
A group of seven nurses and one young, dashing motherfucker of a doctor are currently running a scam at their hospital, storing bodies of people they've accidentally killed on ice until they can harvest their organs. One of the nurses, however, catches the stud-muffin doctor (who is, incidentally, her boyfriend) with one of the younger and significantly more beautiful nurses, her sister. In her rage, she threatens to call the police only to, obviously, be killed by the others and put on ice. Now, some time later, the spirit of this dead nurse is coming back for sick, twisted, personal-flaw themed vengeance.
If the plot of this film sounds familiar, then that's probably because it's been done a million times before (think just about ANY J-horror revenge ghost plot), but this one seems to pride itself on the focus it makes on the individual traits that make all of the nurses such unlikeable cunts (not that we NEEDED any more reason to hate their obnoxious guts). Really, it just falls to typical things most women tend to focus on a bit too much (be it personal image, obsession with material things, incestuous attraction to their twin, and so forth) and don't do much to add or take away from the utter lack of character that any of them have, but it's nice to know that there aren't just going to be a bunch of generic kills... or ARE there...?
Really, it's just a lot of shit we've seen before, where kills are concerned. A few surprise hits on the list include a cell-phone that defies the laws of basic human anatomy, a stitch-job that does the same, a hand to head gone wrong and a marriage proposal. I'd tell you to watch them to see what I mean, but the movie doesn't hold much bearing on them, truthfully. None are just that damned good, no matter how unique in principle, in practice they just never work right. None look good enough to work, none are acted well-enough to work... nothing works in this film. It comes remarkably close, at times, but ultimately continues to come up short.
Nothing at ALL even remotely reminds me that this is a horror-COMEDY. A few lame jokes and the overall ridiculousness of how some of the horror aspects were supposed to work are funny in the pathetic sense of the word, but not in an actually humorous way, as well is quite a bit of the dialogue ("You have... perfect and sexy form."), but nothing screams that they were attempting to blend the genres and failing (via "The Eye 10"), but merely failing in most, if not every respect. Fuck. Everything from effects to performances are so uninspired that I can't honestly understand the boost this one got from most critics... it just wasn't interesting. Nothing from the opening scheme set-up and murder to the remarkable twist(?) that is revealed towards the end. It's just pointless. It's fluff, drivel, empty. It's a movie with as much depth as originality and I can't think of anything worth viewing this for other than to see the distinct difference between the trailer and film...
- added 10/12/2009, 08:35 AM
Bitching about humorous elements in a Thai horror
movie is sort of like bitching about explosions in
an action flick or bloodshed in a slasher: it
shows a complete lack of understanding of the
genre. Sure, not every last film has those
elements, but that's sort of how it works over
there and to expect differently is a bit
With that out of the way, I
enjoyed the movie. I didn't love it, but I did
enjoy it. It had some badass gore sequences (I
loved the jaw / tongue / fetus scene, and the
purse scene was damned nice), it ended with a
great twist, and it had a decent storyline to tie
it all together. It did take longer to get
started than I would have liked and I won't deny
that there were spots of amateurish directing, but
the overall product was enjoyable.... enjoyable,
that is, if you know what kind of movie you're
getting yourself into. 7/10.
- added 10/13/2009, 11:00 AM
Well, if you paid attention, then you'll notice
my bitching was focused on the fact that the
horror elements were virtually non-existant (I
sure as shit didn't laugh, atleast not at anything
I'm sure they intended to be laughed at), as was
the gore. Perhaps we saw different cuts of the
film, though I'm not aware of more than one where
the NA release is concerned, but none of the
mentioned gore-scenes really shined to me, nor
were they particularly gory. The "twist"
was ridiculous and changed NOTHING in terms of the
story (really, Chad, add a spoiler text, man. This
is a movie site). Honestly, if they'd left the
doctor's girlfriend SIIMPLY THAT would it have
changed anything. Sure, it was funny, but
certainly nothing worth considering a
"twist" (given they damn near tell you
half-way through the film anyway), and the story
As I said, aside from the
cell-phone face, there wasn't anything original,
or even marginally entertaining in the length of
this movie. I'd chock it up to different strokes,
but this movie had more problems than Asians. I
love Thai horror, but this did nothing for me.
- added 10/13/2009, 11:25 AM
Really, how can you say the horror elements
weren't there? Granted, I won't deny that they
borrowed a page or two from the Ju-on / Ringu
playbooks, but to say they're not there... really?
Like I said, it did take longer to get started
than I would have liked so I could see if you said
"the first thirty minutes had no
horror", but it's there once the film gets
rolling. As for the gore, I guess we just
disagree there, but I thought those two scenes
were great (the others, not so great, but decent
enough). The twist - saying "there's a
twist" doesn't really count as a spoiler for
me - was well-played and may have seemed like a
grab at one last joke to an American audience, but
Thailand is known for a few things and... well, I
won't spoil *that*.
Let me go back to that tongue scene I
mentioned... what other movie has shown a woman
getting her jaw ripped off just before her tongue
falls to the floor and is eaten by her cat, only
to then have a fetus shoved into the hole in her
face? Not everything is original, I'll agree to
that again, but there's plenty of new stuff
wrapped up in these ninety minutes.
- added 10/13/2009, 10:01 PM
Oops. It appears I misspoke. I truly meant the
COMEDY elements weren’t there. The horror was
obvious, as this was merely another instance of a
cliché-riddled Asian ghost story. I love
‘em, as a rule, but there are ones that work and
ones that don’t. Also, no, I meant you should at a
spoiler tag because I was going to mention
exactally why the “twist” was completely
irrelevant and just made me sigh (as, AGAIN, they
more or less tell you the twist during the
flashback scene where the two doctors are
talking), and, yes, I know what the “Thailand is
known for” moment meant (in approach to the
American audience), but it was still silly, not
funny silly, just dumb silly.
gory or not, it was another instance of an
attempted piece of comedy that just wasn’t funny.
I love a good fetus joke as much as the next guy,
but it was just so sloppily weaved in (along with
most of the splatstick humor scattered throughout)
that it’s like there wasn’t a line between where
it was intentionally funny and just bad.
Again, maybe it is ALL just opinion, but there
were so many glaring mistakes that I just couldn’t
ignore them all. More upon more upon a purposely
moronic story didn’t help at all.