Death Place

It is four times the scare in Death Place.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By SETO KIT YAN sky­seto@thes­tar.com.my

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.”

The Blaze

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.”

Im­prison

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.

Re­venge

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.”

Haunted Mo­tel

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.

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