4bia (Phobia) (2008)
The biggest talents in Thai horror come together to craft a four part anthology film designed to give viewers the fright of their lives by offering an unusual twist on the familiar Asian ghost story. In the first tale, a recovering car accident victim strikes up an unusual relationship through a series of intriguing text messages. The second story involves a bullied youth who resorts to black magic in order to seek vengeance against his tormentors, and the third revolves around four friends attempting to scare each other with ghost stories while camping in the jungle. The film draws to a close with the story of an airline stewardess charged with watching over the corpse of a deceased princess as it is being shipped back to her native soil for burial. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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I saw this film at the Toronto After Dark film festival and I think this was the gem of the lot. I have a soft spot for short horror films, and this group of four is such a multiplicity of tones and aesthetics. Each film stands out and is great in its own way, although some are better than others. Tit-For-Tat seemed to rely a little too heavily on computer animation, but I loved its ending. Happiness suffered from a slightly tired premise, but its execution was really skilled and the film totally engaging. My two favorites were the two most tonally different: Last Fright and In The Middle. Last Fright was a really terrifying movie about passive-aggression and guilt, all backdropped by a well-executed midair ghost story. It's a very rich plot for such a short film, and deserves a lot of praise. My absolute favorite of the bunch though is In The Middle, which is a horror-comedy about paranoid pop culture junkies who take a white-water rafting camping trip. Its cross-referentiality makes it especially funny and charming to horror nerds like me (as well, I'm sure, as the audience I saw it with). All in all, a great four films that rivals Three Extremes in quality.
Really enjoyed this Thai horror movie that had different stories in it. The Thai's really know how to shock and are very creative. Acting was great too.More
Despite a weak 2nd segment (with laughable CG effects), it does have some nice scares and (in segment 3) some humor to liven it up. However, this is a case where the sequel outdoes the original.More
Thai 4 horror short stories...all parts had fine acting and fine production values. The first one about texting on the cellphone, while somewhat predicatable, was bone chilling--- a simple story very well told and the best of the bunch. The second one about a bullied student was more gore and horror than chills, and turned into a splatterfest. The third one about the four boys camping and rafting was more comedic than scary, and also had a predictable ending. The fourth and final episode was slow to develop and more psychological driven. While original in nature with a few sudden jolts, its ending was hokey. I'd rate the first installment a solid 4 stars, but the three stories after only 2 stars.More
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