Shutter – 7

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Director – Banjong Pisanthanakum, Parkpoom Wongpoom

Cast – Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool, Titikarn Tongprasearth, Sivagorn Muttamara, Chachchaya Chalemphol, Kachormsak Naruepatr

Release Year – 2004

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I have always heard positive buzz about this Thai horror flick, but was quite sluggish in my attempts to give this a watch after seeing it’s mediocre American remake in 2008.  After viewing this flick I am very glad that I gave it a chance because not only was it a pretty creepy flick but it came with a pretty interesting story as well.

This flick follows a young couple who after a night of fun and booze, hit a young girl on their way home.  Instead of offering aid to the badly injured girl, they leave her at the scene over feat of them facing stiff consequences for being under the influence.  After that night the young man begins to notice strange shadows of the girl in the pictures he takes.  Things get worse when the girl in the pictures begins to harass the couple, which opens the door to a deep buried secret that makes sense of everything.

I was surprised at how really creepy and well done this film is.  It’s been a while since I’ve jumped in my seat to a good scare, and boy does it feel to go know that despite my scare callous I can still be freaked out.  The direction and cinematography of this film are well done, and I really liked the tone of the colors used throughout this piece.  I give a big shout-out to first time writers/directors Banjong Pisanthanakum and Sopon Sukdapisit for accomplishing this with no prior film experience.  If you like the usual Asian vengeful ghost horror sub-genre then this film will not disappoint.  Basically, this is Thailand’s The Eye.

The story was an interesting one, especially when the background information was given to us.  I don’t know what it is about ghosts appearing suspiciously in pictures but it’s something that has always interested me even outside of the horror genre.  You can imagine my enjoyment at this element of the plot, and we get a pretty good amount of it as well.

I have no major complaints about this film although I wish the pacing would have been a bit tighter at parts and wish the deaths would have been more fulfilling.  Some of the deaths were pretty interesting, but deaths along the lines of The Grudge and The Ring would have improved this film.

Overall, this is a positive watch that I recommend to fans of Asian vengeful ghost horror.  This flick has a good amount of scares and a really high creep-factor.  Give this a watch and don’t let the American remake turn you off to this film.

Rating: 7/10

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