After yesterday’s terrible Indonesian horror film your Favorite Catgirl needed something to clean and soothe her lil’ brain and what better than a nice Thai ghost story, eh? Mmmmm… romance, ghosts… and bloody mayhem, now that’s entertainment!!
The synopsis goes as follows: “Three ex-girlfriends, three dates with death
Has she really left you?
Ken (Chakhrit Yamnan from Bangkok Dangerous) is a ravishing young superstar and the dream date of every girl. While he can attract any woman he wants, every detail of his life ends up in gossip columns and tabloid magazines.
Two of his previous girlfriends — high-society girl Meen (Navadee Mokkhavesa) and innocent college student Bow (Atthama Chiwanitchaphan) — have already been exposed by the media. After dumping the pregnant Meen, he is now dating gorgeous young actress Ploy (Wanida Termthanaporn) and their every move makes the headline.
When news leak that Ken will marry Ploy, the media goes into a frenzy and the couple’s dream life turns into a nightmare. It seems that someone is stalking them, day and night. Is it an ex-girlfriend, an obsessed fan or vengeful paparazzi? Ken’s agent, Nimit (Bordin Duke), encourages him to take a break at his beachfront house but the problem only escalates as Ken starts to have visions of a woman and mysterious scratches begin to appear on his body. One by one, the people around Ken start to disappear…”
I just know this one is gonna be good! Wanna find out for sure? Then you’re just gonna need to “Read On” and find out…. silly!!
Another recent Thai goodie… this time coming to me from Malaysia all happy and English subtitled, and ready for my viewing pleasure. It’s the simple story of Ken…. a big movie-star who likes to think of himself as just another ordinary guy….. but who is obviously anything but. It’s just his way of dealing with the simple fact that his dashing good looks, fame and money seem to make him irresistible to lots of women. Seems he really needs some excuse to explain why he loves them and leaves them faster than he does new films…. all juicy fodder for the tabloids of course.
We start this one off just as he’s switching girlfriends… ditching both his pregnant rich girlfriend Meen as well as naive college girl fling Boy for his latest film co-star, sexy Ploy…. This results in some problems of course… first of them being the fact that Meen is pissed off!! I mean completely crazy ass gonna go all “Fatal Attraction” on your butt kind of pissed off. Then there’s Boy’s tragic death during her attempt to call him and beg him not to dump her… cut short when she’s smashed to death in a phone booth by a runaway truck. Ouch!! That had to hurt…..
This leads to a series of nasty things happening to both Ken and Ploy… Vandalism… weird figures stalking Ploy and Ken… just out of sight, but always there. So what’s going on? Is Meen stalking them? Or….. Is Boy’s ghost haunting them? It’s not really clear but Ken just knows something up. Here the film does a reasonably good job of making us wonder if the problems are supernatural or not… but it doesn’t take long to decide which is which. Given this is a Thai horror movie… it doesn’t take long before things get gooey, bloody, and downright messy either.
Basically… the whole movie is driven by the character of Ken… unfortunately he’s not all that sympathetic a figure. Maybe it’s just me being a woman… but his whole narcissistic idea that the world isn’t fair… that he should be able to fall in and out of love with no consequence or shred of responsibility “just like every normal guy”…. really rubbed me the wrong way. The female characters aren’t much better… just why they waste their time..and some of them, their lives… on him is just incomprehensible. The most regrettable death in the whole movie is probably that of Ploy… but even she truly knew deep inside that Ken was playing her… she just keeps trying to ignore it… with tragic consequences.
As to our ghost…. well, it’s “Spoiler Alert” time…. although it doesn’t really come as any actual surprise by about halfway into things. Our ghost is Meen… not Boy… as one might have thought. Seems she commits suicide early on after giving herself the bloodiest “do-it-yourself” home abortion you’ve ever seen. Then she drinks a biiigg ol’ bottle of cleaning fluid… and finishes off by slicing her wrists with a carving knife (as if she wasn’t bleeding enough from the self-abortion… EWWWWHHH!!) Since then, she’s been going about making life miserable for…. well… just about everyone in the film.
Carolyn couldn’t figure out why Meen kept killing all the other girls… after all,“Aren’t they Ken’s victims too?” she asked. I told her it’s just one of those “begrudged ghost” thingees…. Still.. she had a point. I know I’d have enjoyed the film more if she had merely used her ghostly powers to drive the women away rather than killing them outright. Revenge driven horror always works better if the audience can feel the horrible stuff is actually sorta deserved by those it happens to. Poor Boy certainly didn’t deserve her awful death… and Ken had already broken up with her by the time it happened anyway. Meen had even heard the exchange between Boy and Ken in which he seduces the poor girl, swearing that he’d already broken off things with Meen. So why kill her? Just plain meanness?
Other ghost stuff is handled much.. much… nicer. A sequence in which Ken gets attacked in a big bathtub full of blood springs to mind…. some serious long haired action here!! There’s a nice bit where she goes after a paparazzi photographer who’s been capturing her in “ghost pictures” as he secretly followed Ken around taking tabloid shots of him and Ploy. But… probably the niftiest and downright grossest death is reserved for Ken manager…. let’s just say he’ll not be talking trash to any of Ken’s lady friends in the future!! Nope.
So OK…. how about Ken? Does Meen finally kill him off? Given that he’s the source of her misery, you’d certainly think she’d get around to it eventually…. and she does, but ultimately ends up feeling sorry for the goofy bastard at crunch time. Sigh….. So much for revenge, eh? Guess she can just chalk up poor Boy and Ploy to “bad decision making”…. So… that means Ken learns his lesson… repents his foolish ways and spends his days making amends for his stupidity? Ummmm… nope. But don’t worry… Meen’s keeping a ghostly eye on him so he’ll get his just deserts.
Neko liked this one soooo sooooo much more than yesterday’s “Paku Kuntilanak”. But even so, it wasn’t a perfect movie. The lack of a character that I could empathize with made this one just another ghost revenge film… not bad, just not great. The effects, acting, and overall presentation were good. I can certainly give it a respectable 3 “Meows” out of 5 with several purrs for those nifty bloody bits scattered throughout. Certainly the Malay disc helped me enjoy this one… it’s done in a good letterbox format, with accurate English subtitles (although at times those subtitles did display rather quickly… so you’d better read fast!!). As for the price…. well at 8$ US, it certainly won’t break your wallet or force you to start eating ramen noodles to afford your Thai movie fix. That’s always good, isn’t it? So… I guess “My Ex” will keep me happy till the next time Thailand beckons me with a tale of ghostly shenanigans… till then, “Meow, meow, for now!!”
Trailer? Trailer? Has Neko got a trailer? Yep! ‘Course I do, so here we go!!