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8 Best Horror Films From Thailand in 2013

Updated on May 12, 2016

Asian horror films have become so popular that they are now considered as a sub-genre by many film buffs. However, there is a tendency for the subgenre to be dominated by Japanese films, which is understandable since it’s films like Ringu and Ju-On that really kickstarted the craze in the West. The thing is, there are a lot more countries in Asia than Japan, and some of them have also churned out high quality horror films. One of the more recent ones to have gained international attention is Thailand, which in 2013 released many horror films that gained followings outside of their home country. Here are 8 that you should check out:

#1. Last Summer

Synopsis

Last Summer is a horror anthology film that focuses on a popular high school girl, whose untimely demise serves as the lynchpin for three horror stories focused on the surviving friends and family member.

Why Watch It

  • Last Summer brings a new twist to the tried and tested anthology format. Instead of 3 stand alone stories with minor connections, Last Summer’s is a single story divided into 3 segments, each with its own main character.
  • The film makes full use of lighting and sound in order to bring a palpable sense of dread. You won’t really see the ghost at first, but it’s the sense that there’s something-or someone-there and it’s creeping fast that will really scare the daylight out of you.

#2. H Project

Synopsis

H Project follows 5 urban explorers who visited the abandoned Hashima Island in Japan in order to film documentary about the allegedly haunted island. None of them believed that there was anything supernatural about the place, but their beliefs are soon challenged as they are stalked and haunted by an unknown entity.

Why Watch It

  • Despite focusing on teenagers carrying cameras, H Project isn’t a Found Footage film, so you won’t get dizzy with (intentional) shoddy camera work.
  • The movie is filmed on location, so the film shows you what the real Hashima Island looks like. Bear in mind that the James Bond film Skyfall didn’t even attempt to film at the location, instead using a mix of CG and on-set practical effects.

#3. Make Me Shudder

Synopsis

Make Me Shudder focuses on ten highschool wannabe gangsters who, in an effort to prove their toughness, opted to visit the most haunted place in their school and dare the ghosts that are haunting said place.

Why Watch It

  • Despite relying on slapstick humor, the film still makes effective use of thematic music, jumpscares, and special effects to provide scary scenes.
  • Make Me Shudder sets up the story for the sequel. Without giving away crucial plot spoilers – the events in Make Me Shudder result in all 10 characters being transported back to the past, where they meet the legendary Mae Nak Phra Kanong.

#4. Devil May Call

Synopsis

Devil May Call is about blind telephone counselor Sam, who is preparing to leave her job and training replacements. One of her regular callers is a serial killer who has become upset at her decision to leave. Feeling betrayed, the serial killer shuts down power to the building and starts to take his revenge on the entire office.

Why Watch It

  • The film is a thai production, but was helped by a U.S. Production outfit and stars western actors, making it a good film for horror film buffs who prefer western slasher flicks.
  • The entire film takes place in an actual almost-abandoned building, which help bring a realistic sense of isolation and creepiness to the visuals. The fact that they filmed at nighttime further helps the mood as it means the few residents that are still in the building weren’t seen or disturbed.
  • Lead actress Corri English studied with a blind coach in order to really learn how to act like a sight impaired person, making her portrayal realistic.

#5. Long Weekend

Synopsis

Long Weekend is about six teenagers who visit a mysterious abandoned island for a few nights of wild partying. Unfortunately, the island is home to an ancient and dark secret involving sacrificial rights that keep a devouring ghost at bay. Said rites are held during the “blood moon,” which is exactly when the teenagers arrived.

Why Watch It

  • Long Weekend is directed by Taweewat Wantha and had Sommai Lertulan and Eakasit Thairatana as screenwriters – all three previously worked on the comedy zombie film SARS Wars. The film will show that the trio are capable of doing serious horror.
  • Girl power! The gorgeous Cheeranat Yusanon brings exceptional screen presence as the main protagonist Nam, who shows what a desperate female heroine can do when faced against overwhelming (and scary) odds.

#6. Pee Mak Phra Khanong

Synopsis

A comedic take on the thai legend of mae nak phra khanong, which tells of a woman who died in childbirth while her husband is fighting in a war. Due to his strong love for his wife, the husband fails to notice that the family he goes home to are already ghosts.

Why Watch It

  • It’s one of the funniest films of the year, with majority of the hilarity coming from the protagonist Mak and his four bumbling war buddies.
  • Lead actor Mario Maurer proves that he’s more than just a pretty face, as he’s willing to make fun of himself in order to sell the film’s comedic angle.
  • There’s still a few genuine scares in the film even though it won’t keep you guessing (it’s revealed early on that the wife is already a ghost, after all.)

#7. Oh! My Ghost Khun Phee Chuay

Synopsis

Oh! My Ghost Khun Phee Chuay focuses on an aspiring actress named Kitty, whose desire to break into the industry led to her getting glamorous hair extensions. The only problem is that the hair extensions are haunted by the ghost of a beautiful former model named Bee.

Why Watch It

  • Co-lead stars Sudarat “Tukky” Butrprom and Cris Horwang make effective buddy comedy duos as Kitty and Bee, respectively. Tukky is particularly effective as she gets to show off her talent for physical comedy.
  • The scenes in which Kitty was possessed by Bee is worth watching, as the petite, round-figured Tukky managed to emulate the graceful moves of the tall, lithe Cris convincingly.
  • While there’s some sort of message about being happy with one’s body and looks, the film works on its own if you just want a horror comedy film to watch and laugh about.

#8. Tang Wong

Synopsis

The film Tang Wong is about four friends who all made a vow at the spirit house shrine in their building’s courtyard, wishing for various personal successes. Unfortunately, they forgot to pay tribute to the shrine and are only reminded later of the superstition that bad luck will befall anyone whose’ wish is granted without paying tribute.

Why Watch It

  • There’s a little bit of historical significance in the film, as it is set in the 2010 red shirt political protests and includes the scene in which the red shirts were shot at by government forces.
  • The four schoolboys turn in excellent performances, showing off believable depictions of different young men in varying backgrounds and temperaments.
  • Natarat Lakha also turns in an excellent portrayal of the transgender woman Nut, who is a traditional dancer at the shrine and is the only hope left for the boys when it comes to paying proper tribute.
  • The film also features an eclectic mix of catchy songs as its soundtrack, ranging from alt rock to yes, K-pop (as one of the characters is a Kpop cover dancer.)

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