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(aka "Baan phii sing" )

 

directed by Monthon Arayangkoon
Thailand 2007

 

Tired of doing stories on prostitution and child abuse, Shalinee (Intira Jaroenpura, BROKEDOWN PALACE) jumps at the opportunity to do a story on Dr. Wasson (Worapong Nimwijitr) who is accused of murdering his wife, even though no body was discovered. Employees of the hospital where he worked refuses to speak to her, so she visits the house where Wasson and his wife lived. The groundskeeper throws her out, but not before Shalinee catches the image of a woman in one of the windows with her video camera. She starts to dream of the house and an apparition of a dead woman who warns her to stay away. With the help of her tax lawyer husband Nuri (Natthakan Thayutajaruwit) - who is pressing her to quit her job so they can start a family - Shalinee is able to enter the house where she is plagued by more gruesome apparitions. Looking into the past of the house, Shalinee discovers that there was a similar murder of a woman by her lover, also a doctor - Chalerm (Khomsan Nanthajit, O-NEGATIVE) - a few years before, as well as a previous one by Dr. Unthit (writer Kongdej Jaturanrasamee) thirty years before. Meanwhile, Chalerm has contacted Nuri offering to tell him where he can find the evidence that will prove the innocence of himself and Wasson. As Shalinee delves deeper into the mystery, Nuri is bedeviled by voices and dreams telling him that Shalinee is betraying him with fellow reporter Shane (Nuttawat Plengsiriwat), and it seems more and more apparent that Shalinee and Nuri will be the next victims of the house. Monthon Arayangkoon's follow-up to THE VICTIM, THE HOUSE has a less novel plot and the scares are nothing you haven't seen in hundreds of Asian horror films since RINGU and JU-ON; that said, THE HOUSE does utilize more practical make-up effects than CGI. With its predictable jump scares, sudden lightning strikes, and crashes of thunder on the Dolby Digital Surround-EX soundtrack, THE HOUSE probably plays better on theater screens to teen crows than it does in the home with a more discerning horror film viewer. Shalinee's interview with a ghost is a first, and the apparition decays before our eyes like a more high-tech effects version of Dick Smith's decaying revenant in GHOST STORY (1981).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 23 August 2007 (Thailand)

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DVD Review: MVM - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:40:09 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.34:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Thai Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MVM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.34:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (4:3; 1:32)

DVD Release Date: 4 June 2012
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

MVM's disc features a single-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer probably looks as good as it can in SD given the heavy amount of digital color work - aside from the CGI - to produce the derivatively desaturated palette. As with their DVD of CROWS ZERO, MVM has gone with a 2.0 stereo mix of a 5.1 original (THE HOUSE was released in Dolby Digital Surround-EX with a matrixed center surround channel). The optional English subtitles are error-free. The sole extra is a theatrical trailer.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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