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Credits

Theatrical release: Thailand, 28 Jan. 2010.

Presented by Phranakorn Film (TH). Produced by Film Guru (TH). Executive producers: Thanapol Thanarungroj, Wichai Thanarungroj. Producers: Thawatchai Phanpakdee, Poj Arnon.

Script: Guru Team (Patana Chirawong, Manussa Vorasingha, Tosaporn Mongkol, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit). Original stories: Poj Arnon. Photography: Sittipong Kongtong (III), Wison Jiraungkoonsakun (I), Nikorn Sripongwarakul (II), Panya Nimchapoenpong (IV). Editing: Sunit Asvinikul. Music: Giant Wave. Production design: Poj Arnon. Art direction: Achita Nokthet (II-IV), Prawit Supo (I). Costume design: Poj Arnon (II, IV), Krissadar Rattanangkoon (I, III). Sound: Kantana Laboratories. Make-up effects: QFX Workshop.

Cast: Mai Charoenpura (Phii Dao - IV), Akara Amattayakul (Arm - I), Supaksorn Chaimongkol (Nuan - III), Kachapa Tungcharoen (Phii Naknaen - IV), Sattawat Settakorn (Gong - II), Auttaporn Teemakorn (Niranam - II), Pimonrut Pisunlayabood (Pang - I), Weeradit Srimalai (Puu - III), Wasana Chalakorn (Mad hotel lady - IV), Rutchanon Sookprakorb (Thua - IV), Arissara Thongsorisut (Jawys - III), Anchalee Saisoontorn (Landlady - III), Primrata Dejudom, Yaowaluck Mekkulwiroj, Samuch Chaisuwan, Watcharayu Suradech, Tanutchai Nattigon, Chonlawat Intarapan, Siwat Ngamnararat, Poommasit Tangpinitkran, Thep Ammaritt, Yothin Marpobpan, Nattapong Newachuen, Noppawan Chamnarnchang.


5

Still ตายโหง

Thailand
Contemporary horror anthology
2010, colour, 1.85:1, 103 mins

Directed by Chartchai Ketnust (ชาติชาย เกษนัส, I: Flame), Manussa Vorasingha (มานุสส วรสิงห์, II: Imprison), Tanwarin Sukkhapisit (ธัญญ์วาริน สุขะพิสิษฐ์, III: Revenge), Poj Arnon (พจน์ อานนท์, IV: Haunting Motel)


Still

By Derek Elley

Mon, 07 June 2010, 13:20 PM (HKT)


Four varied horror tales mix shocks and comedy with variable results. Mostly ancillary.

Story

Bangkok, New Year's Eve. Flame: yuppie Arm (Akara Amattayakul) and his girlfriend Pang (Pimonrut Pisunlayabood) are caught in a nightlub fire, and Arm is subsequently haunted by memories of trying to save her the tragic night. Imprison: loner Gong (Sattawat Settakorn) is haunted by visions while in a police cell for unspecified reasons. Revenge: Nuan (Supaksorn Chaimongkol) and other tenants of an apartment block are mystified when body parts turn up in the water supply and the trail leads to her friend, deaf-mute tenant Puu (Weeradit Srimalai). Haunting Motel: two friends go back to a mysterious hotel room with an over-the-hill hooker (Mai Charoenpura) where history comes back to haunt them.


Review

Following the horror anthology trend set by the more classy 4bia สี่แพร่ง (2008), campy director-producer-costume designer Poj ARNON พจน์ อานนท์ (Chai-Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers ไฉไล (2006)) has masterminded Still ตายโหง (2010), a quartet of tales based on real-life events and co-directed with three first-timers. Akara AMATTAYAKUL อัครา อมาตยกุล heads the slickest one, Flame — inspired by the tragic Bangkok nightclub fire on New Year's Eve 2008-09 — with a mystical, romantic resolution, while lively Mai CHAROENPURA สิริวิมล เจริญปุระ (the crazed noodle chef in arty torture-porn classic Meat Grinder เชือดก่อนชิม (2009)) does the same in Arnon's comic-horror Haunting Motel, with a twist (typical of the director) that partly redeems all the mugging to that point.

Slackest of the group is Revenge, whose ending is weak after the slow build-up, while the classiest (and shortest, at less than 20 minutes) is Tanwarin SUKKHAPISIT ธัญญ์วาริน สุขะพิสิษฐ์'s Imprison, a mood piece set entirely in a police cell. Centred on a young guy tortured by dreams and/or apparitions that are only explained, with a fitting succinctness, at the very end, this segment raises a 4/10 movie to 5/10. Sittipong KONGTONG สิทธิพงษ์ กองทอง's photography, atmospherically employing simple light and shade, is a notch above the rest.

The film is also known under the title Die a Violent Death.


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