It is four times the scare in Death Place.
THAI horror movie Death Place (also known as Tai Hong, Still and Die A Violent Death) is a chilling collection of four true crime cases that made front page news in Thailand.
The haunting theme of the movie is based on the premise that when people die violent or unnatural deaths, their spirits will remain at the place of their death as they are unaware that they are already dead.
Buoyed by the success of Thai horror anthologies like the Phobia ( Prang) franchise and Haunted Universities ( Maha’lai Sayong Kwan), this portmanteau chiller from Phranakorn Films dishes out tales of terror by four different directors.
Producer-director Poj Arnon was joined by three indie filmmakers, “Nat” Chartchai Katenus, “Toon” Manuss Worrasingh and “Golf” Tanwarin Sukkhapisit to make the gruesome four-parter: The Blaze, Imprison, Revenge and Haunted Motel.
In the behind-the-scenes video, Poj said: “Actually, we had planned to make the movie after the tsunami. We later changed our plans and decided to do a take on four hot news items from the front pages.
“The movie has four sequences within one story. It’s like making four 30-minute short stories.
“The reason we chose fresh directors is because we need people who are good at making short stories for a different feel.”
Nat’s The Blaze tells of a man (“Golf” Akkara Amartayakul) who parties with his friends against his fiancee’s (“Kob” Pimolrat Pisalayabutr) wishes and ends up losing her in a Bangkok nightclub blaze.
Poj explained that Nat’s expertise lies in post-production.
“This story has many blaze scenes with computer-generated imagery,” said Poj.
Nat spoke of being initially quite shocked about using the true story of the nightclub fire.
“Tanwarin and I are friends, and he asked me to join this project. After some discussion, it was concluded that we would present the story as a tragedy of love and relationships.
“Within 20 minutes, we had to make the audience love this couple. We needed to convince the audience that there’s some- thing special between the couple and make them feel touched by their ill-fated destiny.”
This is a psychological thriller about a man (“Tae” Satawat Setakorn) who is imprisoned in a cell where the body of suicidal inmate had just been removed.
Poj chose Toon because he had won a horror short film award. “I thought he would do best in this part, which looks haunting and frightening.
“We chose Tae for this role as he does not look like a bad guy who would end up in a lock-up. This would put audience on his side. We’d read the screenplay together and he’d always add something more,” said Poj.
Golf’s Revenge revolves around a woman (“Kratae” Supaksorn Chaimongkol) living in an apartment who complains to the landlady (Anchalee Saisoontorn) about the foul water supply, unaware that there is a corpse in the water tank!
To Golf, the major challenge is in filming the water tank scene.
“The weather was very cold that day, and our actors had to stay inside the tank. The water was also cold as we were on the rooftop.”
He sang praises of “Dew” Arisara Tongborisuth who plays the ghost.
“When Dew came for casting, I knew I’d found the ideal actress. She was willing to go all the way. She could endure the special effects make-up (to make her flesh look rotten), which took hours to be done. She also had to dive into the icy cold water. She’s a really professional actress.”
Poj’s Haunted Motel is a hilarious caper featuring an ageing prostitute (Mai Charoenpura) who is picked up by two men on a motorcycle (“Moddum” Kachapa Tancharoen and Ratchanont Sukpragawp).
She is taken to a motel run by a crazy old lady (Vassana Chalakorn) who tells them the vacant room is haunted by a fierce ghost who got her throat slashed. Death Place (rated 18) opens in local cinemas tomorrow.
Getting his dues: Deaf drug dealer (‘Gus’ Weeradit Srimalai) is haunted by a victim of an overdose (‘Dew’ Arisara Tongborisuth) after he disposes of her corpse in a water tank in ‘Golf’ Tanwarin Sukkhapisit’s Revenge in Thai horror anthology DeathPlace.