Thai horror will make you face your fears on May 10th when Phobia is unleashed on DVD in the UK by Icon Home Entertainment. Comprised of four interconnected tales of terror, Phobia is a grizzly anthology film with its roots firmly set in classics like Creepshow, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Tales from the Crypt.
2004's excellent Shutter put co-directors Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom on the horror map, and now they return to the genre teamed up with Paween Purikitpanya (Body) and Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (Metrosexual) to present four macabre stories. I personally can't wait to see this critically-acclaimed Thai horror quartet.
SYNOPSIS: Thongkongtoon kicks things off with "Happiness", a dialogue-free instalment featuring a teenage girl housebound due to injuries received in a taxi accident, whose only connection to the outside world is via her mobile phone. Another boring evening starts to look promising when she begins receiving friendly text messages from a mysterious boy. Things take a turn for the worst when it becomes apparent that the texts are being sent from beyond the grave by a lonely corpse who's very keen to meet up...
In "Tit for Tat", a group of dope-smoking school bullies face bloody, Final Destination-style retribution when their latest victim, a fellow student, seeks revenge via black magic and a terrifying curse from which there is no escape. Or is there? Paween Purikitpanya's hyper-kinetic directing style, unexpectedly creative death scenes and generous helpings of gore deliver a thrilling tale with a suitably gruesome pay-off.
A self-referential horror-comedy that manages to give passing nods to Titanic, The Sixth Sense, The Others, and the director's own Shutter, among other movies, Banjong Pisanthanakun's "In the Middle" even have one character posing the question: "Why are ghosts always females with white faces and long, straight dark hair?". That's definitely not the case in this story of four youths on a camping and white river rafting trip that takes a creepy turn when one of them goes missing after their dinghy capsizes. Giggles and gasps are produced in equal measures in a segment that will delight film fans, especially those who don't like to have the endings of movies ruined by inconsiderate friends.
Directed by Parkpoom Wongpoon, "Last Flight" takes the movie's shock factor to new heights as the sole stewardess on a flight taking home the body of a deceased princess is haunted, mid-air, by the woman whose marriage she wrecked and who she accidentally killed. Taut, claustrophobic and full of unexpected scares, "Last Flight" is a textbook example of effective, short horror film-making.
• Phobia screams onto DVD in the UK and Ireland on May 10th