November 10, 2005


Red Shoes posterThe watchword these days continues to be: "If you can't innovate; imitate," as distributors continue to snap up last week's next hot thing: Asian horror movies. It used to be that martial arts movies were the big thing from Asia, then action movies, and now it's horror, and if you want to know what I think of most of these movies then click here for more of my big fat mouth flapping in the wind.

AFM is where the action's happening these days, and France's Wild Side Films has picked up Thai horror flicks ALONE and DORM, while Tartan has picked up Korea's THE RED SHOES. ALONE is the next project for SHUTTER directors Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisanthanakun, and it goes into production in March 2006 with a Korean lead actress. DORM is getting released in Thailand in Feb 2006 and is by the director of MY GIRL, and it takes place at a boarding school. While I enjoyed SHUTTER for what it was, DORM sounds like a Thai version of the Korean girls school ghost flicks.

THE RED SHOES has gotten terrific reviews and sounds at least interesing, more like a creepy fairy tale than a straight-up imitation of J-horror. Interestingly, neither SHUTTER nor THE RED SHOES has made a big mark at their local box offices.

November 10, 2005 at 11:58 AM in News | Permalink


I'm pretty sure "Shutter" was the #1 film in Thailand last year, so I think it made a pretty good impact on local box office.

I thought "Red Shoes" was pretty close to being a "straight-up imitation" but as Twitch Film's X points out in his review, there is an alternative version of the film on the DVD which sounds much improved.

Posted by: Chris | Nov 10, 2005 5:04:23 PM

How are other Thai films faring at AFM? It looks like GTH is marketing five film - Dorm and Alone as well as Body and a couple of other genre flicks, the rom-com Dear Dakanda (pretty sweet and funny actually) and newly retitled Oops ... There's Dad, or Wai Ounlawon: 30 Years Later.

Posted by: wisekwai | Nov 10, 2005 7:12:18 PM

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