Phobia 2 (Ha phraeng) (2009)
Movie InfoWith stories seemingly ripped from the headlines, GTH's masters of slick, suspenseful horror are back with Phobia 2 -- five stories that range from the chillingly moralistic to downright hilarious.
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An anthology is the sum of its parts, so how does this particular set stack up?
Novice: A young man with a troubled past is left to live among monks, where karma catches up to him. Interesting idea, but lacking in execution and a bit boring until the end. (5/10)
Ward: An injured teenager spends the night in a hospital room with a brain dead old man on a respirator who is slated to be taken off life support the next day. Spooky and violent, with a twist ending. (7/10)
Backpackers: My favorite of the bunch. Two young hitchhikers are picked up by two truckers with cargo more dangerous than any of them know. I'd love to see a full movie made from this one. (9/10)
Salvage: A dishonest car saleswoman had a terrifying night when one of her vehicles is returned by an angry customer and her own son disappears. A gruesome little ghost story, once again featuring karma as a main theme. (8/10)
In the End: A funny and subversive tale about the filming of one of those "spooky long-haired ghost girl" horror films that had been coming out of the east so frequently in the last 10+ years. (8.5/10)
Phobia 2 gets off to a rocky start, but overall it's an entertaining and varied mix of Thai horror.
With stories seemingly ripped from the headlines, GTH's masters of slick, suspenseful horror are back with Phobia 2. With the Thai title Haa Phrang, literally "five crossroads", the result is a more cohesive and even-toned effort than the first set of short thrillers, last year's hit 4bia. All are tied together by the spinning wheels of a conveyance of one type or another. First out of the gate is Novice by 4bia returnee director Paween Purijitpanya. It's his best work yet, with the cartoonish special effects favored by the young director of Body #19 dialled down. The result is an effective and pretty awesome start. As a first-time director, veteran studio exec Visute Poolvoralaks applies a sure and steady hand to the next segment, Ward. Franchise newcomer Songyos Sugmakanan again teams up with his Fan Chan, Dorm and Hormones star Charlie Trairat in his darkest role yet in Backpackers. Next stop is Parkpoom Wongpoom's Salvage and finally it's In the End, Shutter and Alone co-director Banjong Pisanthanakun's laugh-filled, self-deprecating parody of the notion that there are ghosts on horror-movie sets. But the real stars are those four guys again, playing clownish members of the film crew. An added element is a wheezing, coughing actress who is thought by everyone to actually be dead. This leads to the typical running around and screaming of Thai comedy-horrors, but the gag is they are struggling to come up with a new way to end a horror movie.More
I actually liked this better than the 1st Phobia. Loved the kid as a monk in the first story about the ghost and also the zombies story and the ghosts in the cars. Great suspense and quite scary which the Thai's do really well. Only the last story fell flat for me although it was more of a comedy and was quite fun the last one. Great!More
"Phobia 2" has some technical improvements, very fast pacing, entertaining and the stories I personally found them more engaging.
"Novice" has some atmospheric moments and scared but I think it was lame and at the end pointless. 2/5.
"Ward" delivers a claustrophobic story and some scare. 3/5
"Backpacking" is a thrilling zombie story with some plot holes in the story. 3/5.
"Salvage" interesting plot but develop and scares are not so effective. 2.5/5.
"In the middle" as in the predecessor the best story was save for the ending I have to admit it has a few plot holes but it was a very funny ghost story with a good ending and scares. 4/5.
Thought some stories are more effectives than the others I rated 3.5 because it is fast pace and delivers some engaging moments, as well as, scares.
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