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The Asian ApertureBangkok Haunted (2001)
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, May 26, 2013    Share

Three young and beautiful Thai ladies sit in a cozy bar in Bangkok, enjoying cocktails and each otherís company, as they each spin tales of horror involving vengeful ghosts, an ointment that gives the user sex appeal, and a hard-boiled detective story straight out of the pulp era. Allow their colorful horrors to take you on a supernatural journey that you might not make it back from.

First up is The Legend of the Drum that contains a dark secret that haunts the imagination long after. A young boy is reading a comic as he travels in the back of a truck A hand with long nails, sharp as razors appears, slowly slides down his jeans and then vanishes. He lifts up his jeans to reveal a bloody wound. Horrified he searches the cargo and discovers an old drum with a strange emblem.
The Legend of the Drum is the classic ghost story of how the past still affects the present, as a wronged spirit seeks revenge. The cinematography is beautiful and makes great use of modern Thai cities and rural villages.

In the past,a young girl has been orphaned after the recent death of her father. She is taken in by a music teacher that gives her dance lessons. Her horribly disfigured brother wears a dark cloak with a hood covering his strange face as he plays a drum that she dances to. Soon, she is dancing for royalty. Then she catches the eye of a handsome young man. But will she have the happy life that everyone in her family wants her to have?

Jump forward to modern times as another young girl is trying to figure out the mystery of an old drum that has caused supernatural occurrences and terrible nightmares. Will she understand before it is too late?

The second story, Black Magic Woman, is a sad story about a single woman who wakes up to see her wall shaking as the young couple who live next door are having sex. She befriends the woman in the relationship who advises her to try a love potion. Unconvinced, Pan hits the dance clubs and fails to find that special man she desperately wants. She is forced to locate the love potion and order it from a magazine ad. When the package arrives, Pan takes a little bit and rubs it into her skin. She goes out to the same dance club but this time she brings back a horny young man and they make passionate love all night long. However, the young man violently vomits up a nasty liquid into her toilet. Will all her future lovers receive such a bad fate? Pan is bound and determined to keep using the love potion and doesnít really learn from her past experiences. Will she wise up before it is too late?

The third, and my personal favorite, is Revenge about a young police officer who is at the crime scene of a beautiful young girl dangling from a rope. As his boss eats vegetables and rice, he tries to tell him that this is just a suicide and to move on to another case. However, Nop is not convinced and he becomes obsessed with proving that the young girl has been murdered. He picks up clues here and there and slowly all the tiny details begin to add up and the answer comes into focus. However, as his curiosity is satisfied, the facts he learns wreck his mind and twists his soul. Sometimes not knowing is better. Will Nop go too far until there is no turning back?

Bangkok Haunted is a brilliant look at Thai ghosts and how they plot horrible vengeance on the living and is directed by Pisut Praesangeam and Oxide Pang of the Pang brothers, who directed the Hong Kong horror, The Eye (2002.) Even harden Western horror movie fans who think they have seen it all and are tired of all the past and current ghost story movies will be shocked by what is waiting in Bangkok Haunted. Just make sure you have what it takes to survive the journey.

Highly Recommended

5 out of 5 Stars Quality Horror

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2013 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2013 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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