Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Alone (2007) @ แฝด

Marion Ursula Marsha Vadhanapanich (มาช่า วัฒนพานิช)

At a glance:
Reunitin the directin duo behind the phenomenal horror hit Shutter, I remember this 2007 picture best by my mother's screamin across GSC Mid Valley Hall 10 throughout the whole show. It premiered here in Kuala Lumpur with the directors and the lead actress in attendance. Well to be honest, they hung about for 10 minutes, gave some prizes away and left for Genting. The story? We follow Pim, a successful socialite in Korea who receives news about her ailin mum back in home country Thailand. She makes a dreaded return there, together with lovin husband Vee and soon the couple find themselves stayin at Pim's childhood home. It's here that we learn about Pim bein a Siamese twin who had a sister, Ploy, now dead to the world after failin to survive the operation to separate them. Before long, the pangs of fear over the phantom twin emerge as Pim wrestles to understand the mystery behind frightful sightings of Ploy around the old house. Guilt complex and hallucinatory psychosis, or evil undead and paranormal hauntin?
Bad news on the doorstep:
The terror in Alone is built mostly on sound effects and sudden 'ghost-in-the-mirror' shots. I wouldn't deny that they are quite scary, if only because they was very, very loud.
Reminds me of:
When Marsha taught me that a man should say sawatikap instead of sawatika. Actually I'm still not sure if I got that right.
Watch out for:
Chiselled German-Thai lead actress Marion Ursula Marsha Wattanapanich. Heard some ooo's in the crowd when a bathtub scene was snipped. Contemporary scream queens in the mould of Angelica Lee and Christina Ricci have never actually been lookers or supermodels, talented as they are. Marsha is, although she has this masculine aura to her.
Conjoined twins. The start of a great porn career.
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
Scream factor is high and although execution may not rival Shutter (I also feel we could've had better subtitlin), Alone gets my ★★1/2 for 94 minutes of very decent horror, plotholes or not. Directors Parkpoom and Banjong said that the success or failure of the 2008 US remake for Shutter would only serve to draw attention to the original. Alone ought to have gotten the same treatment but I haven't heard news about it. All I know is that Phobia 2 has Marsha in it and she plays herself in Alone 2 for that last comedy vignette, mockin the imaginary sequel and also horror movie cliches. That was quite humourous.