Shutter (2004)

Shutter (2004)

Country: Thailand

Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom

Main Stars: Anada Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana

Storyline: A young photographer and his girlfriend are involved in a hit in run which leads a long journey of haunting and skeletons in the closet.

MV5BMjA5OTMwNjY1M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTg1MDg0MQ@@__V1_SY317_CR6,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): Young Tun (Anada Everingham) is a photographer who has close friends and a beautiful girlfriend named Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee). One night after meeting with the friends and have drinks Jane slams into a young woman on the road and Tun tells her to take off. They leave the scene and live a life of grief and guilt. What Tun does not tell Jane is he keeps seeing haunting images of a young woman in his photographs. Then he starts to see things and has nightmares which all leads to his life falling apart around him.

This film plays a lot around the typical The Grudge type scenes which have been over done so many times in these types of movies. To me this hurts the film because it is no longer unique and you’re thinking to yourself how many crawling, hair over the one eye, ghost girls do I need in this genre. But the film’s story is actually pretty descent and it does have some plot twists that are actual pulls at your emotions. So much that you start to hate the characters and feel bad for the actual haunting woman. I think this is what the writers and director were trying to get out of this. If not then the film did fail because as the plot the turns I was cheering the monster and hoped that she would get them all.

Rating: The more I think about this film the more I actually like it. At first I was like “Oh no here we go again with the boredom of the over played haunting girl” but the storyline and plot was enough to keep my interest. The acting is actually pretty good in the film even though some of the translation is lacking. The overall special effects are not cheesy and I was actually entertained once the haunting went into overdrive near the end. If you enjoyed the ghost/haunting Asian films of this era this is one to check out for sure.

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7/10 Beers!


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