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Banjong’s 'One Day' on Gdh’s debut slate

Thai production house Gdh 559 is launching its inaugural slate with Banjong Pisanthanakun’s anticipated romance.

Banjong Pisanthanakun’s One Day is set to open on Sept 1 as the first title from the debut slate of new Thai production house Gdh 559, following the breakup of Gmm Tai Hub (Gth) last year.

The highly-anticipated romance film reunites Banjong with his leading man and co-screenwriter Chantavit “Ter” Dhanasevi (Hello Stranger).

The story follows Ter’s character who risks everything to be with his dream girl for just one day by pretending to be her boyfriend after she suffers temporary memory loss.

TV actress Nittha “Mew” Jirayungyurn makes her big screen debut in the film, which was mainly shot on location in Hokkaido, Japan.

Another upcoming Gdh title is New Year’s Gift, which is scheduled for release on Dec 1. The feel-good romantic drama is a three-part omnibus directed by Jira Maligool (The Tin Mine), Nithiwat Tharatorn (The Teacher’s Diary
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 9: Jump Scares & False Alarms

The jump scare is a uniquely horror movie convention. Where some movies use it as an excuse to play peekaboo and assault you with noise, others use it as a way to shatter your complacency as a viewer. It’s the purest form of scare: something bursts out of a dark corner, a loud noise cuts the tension, or a jolt to the plot comes on so unexpected, you don’t know what hit you. It may just be a momentary fright, but a good horror movie will put you on edge and keep you there.

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Alien (1979)- No blood, no Dallas

Horror purists are of the mind that jumps are cheap, and, for the most part, they are. Yet, in those nerve-wracking scenes, when a director knows exactly what they are doing, it’s riveting. I’ve always prided myself on not being one of those people who gets jumpy during a horror movie,
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Review: Pee Mak Phrakanong is a Thai Horror Comedy Deserving of its Success

Re-inventing a classic Thai ghost story into a goofball comedy romance, seasoned director Banjong Pisanthanakun has scored a huge box office hit in his native Thailand. While unlikely to do the same kind of business outside South East Asia, Pee Mak Phrakanong is nevertheless an enjoyable and frequently laugh-out-loud crowd pleaser. Easily the most famous and successful horror filmmaker to emerge from Thailand in recent years, Banjong Pisanthanakun has scored a number of critical and commercial successes on the international stage with films such as Shutter and Alone. He recently directed a segment of Ant Timpson and Tim League's horror anthology The ABCs of Death (N is for Nuptials) and has now delivered the most successful Thai film of all time at the domestic box office. Pee Mak...

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‘The ABCs of Death’ Review

Directed by Ben Wheatley, Simon Rumley, Jake West, Lee Hardcastle, Ti West, Jason Eisener, Kaare Andrews, Bruno Forzani, Noboru Iguchi, Jorge Michel Grau, Srdjan Spasojevic, Adam Wingard and many more…

The ABCs of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film, including the directors of House of the Devil, Hobo with a Shotgun, A Serbian Film, Tokyo Gore Police, and You’re Next as well as four homegrown British directors – Ben Wheatley (Sightseers), Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), Jake West (Doghouse) and Leeds based Lee Hardcastle, who with his claymation short, won a competition to be the final director (and whose short is one of the highlights of the film).

Anthologies are always a difficult thing to get right even when they’re helmed by just one director,
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Thai horror film-makers sink teeth into south-east Asian market

Horror comedies such as Pee Mak Phrakanong could be hot exports for Thailand's rapidly improving film industry

The flood of Chinese domestic blockbusters since the turn of the year is the strongest hint yet that the country is capable of being a Hollywood for Asia, and setting the cinema agenda for the region. But it's not the sole player around. At the end of March Thai audiences flocked to see horror comedy Pee Mak Phrakanong – based on the Mae Nak folktale about a man who returns from war and unwittingly settles back in with the ghost of his wife, who has died in childbirth. It had the second biggest opening (21.2m baht/£478,000) ever for a Thai film, and with over 300m baht to date, it is closing on the all-time box-office record (550m baht) held by 2001's war epic The Legend of Suriyothai.

Thai audiences seem to love their history:
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Horror Comedy Pee Mak Phra Khanong Shatters Thai Box Office Records

While the horror genre is definitely kicking ass here in the States, it's great to know that it's flourishing globally as well. Case in point: the Thai horror comedy Pee Mak Phra Khanong, aka Pee Mak, from Shutter and Phobia director Banjong Pisanthanakun.

According to 24 Frames Per Second, the flick has apparently just blown a big hole in Thai box office records since its release on March 28, 2013. Thus far the film has raked in over 300 million baht, which equates to around 10.3 million dollars Us. So what do you say we take a look at the trailer that comes complete with English subtitles? Mario Maurer and Davika Hoorne star.

Synopsis

In the Rattanakosin Kingdom, Mak (Mario Maurer) leaves his pregnant wife, Nak (Davika Hoorne), to join the war and meets four soldiers who become his best friends. During this time, his wife Nak struggles to give birth to their baby.

When the war ends,
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Banjong Pisanthanakun's Pee Mak Phrakanong Posts Second Largest Thai Opening Ever

Apparently the staff at Twitch aren't the only ones who have been awaiting Shutter and Alone co-director Banjong Pisanthanakun's horror comedy Pee Mak Phrakanong. Nope. Tucked away in a review at Wise Kwai is the note that Pee Mak has posted the second largest opening of a Thai film ever at the local box office, it's 21 million baht opening day take second only to the original Ong Bak, with the 100 million line crossed on the fourth day - meaning averages actually went up through the first week as word of mouth spread. So, yes, apparently the film is quite good though it sounds as though some of the comedy might be quite region-specific.Beyond the simple fact that we've been fans of Banjong here...

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Thai Horror Comedy Pee Mak Gets an International Trailer

Director Banjong Pisanthanakun is responsible for putting together a number of quality motion pictures over the past few years. In addition to the “Phobia” films, the filmmaker crafted the genuinely creepy 2004 horror outing “Shutter.” Considering the latter is one of my favorite horror films, I’m always excited to see what Banjong does next. Enter “Pee Mak,” a horror/comedy that really doesn’t sound all that funny on paper. In fact, the international trailer embedded below isn’t altogether hilarious. However, I’ve been told the movie is supposed to have comedic elements, so I’m going to take these folks at their word. Here’s a ridiculously long synopsis: During the beginning of the Rattanakosin Dynasty, many Thai men were drafted to serve in the war. “Pee Mak” or “Mak” (Mario Maurer) was no exception and had to leave his pregnant wife to join the fight. While at war,
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International Teaser For Banjong's Pee Mak

Intrigued by the Thai trailers for the latest from Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone, Phobia, Phobia 2)but wish you could understand what the hell the were saying? Wish granted. The international teaser for the film has been released, English subtitles included. This one plays things largely straight, the only indication of the comedy element coming right at the end. You want an extended synopsis to chew on as well? You got it:During the beginning of the Rattanakosin Dynasty, many Thai men were drafted to serve in the war. "Pee Mak" or "Mak" (Mario Maurer) was no exception and had to leave his pregnant wife to join the fight. While at war, he met, saved, and formed a close bond with four fellow soldiers: "Ter" (Freud-Nattapong Chartpong),...

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Full Trailer For Banjong's Pee Mak Phrakanong

A young man goes to war and upon his return unwittingly weds a ghost. That's the setup for Banjong Pisanthanakun's Pee Mak Phrakanong, a comedic spin on the popular Thai Mae Nak ghost story. We've been following this one closely for a good while now - find links to posters and earlier teasers below - for good reason: As co-director of Shutter and Alone, Pisanthanakun is one of the leaders of Thai horror and he's making his return here to the genre that made his name, albeit throwing in a comic twist.With the Thai release edging up soon a full trailer - about twice the length of the previous teaser, and featuring a lot more of the story - has just arrived. Check it below....

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Frightfest 2013 Review: The ABCs of Death

The Abcs Of Death

Directed by Ben Wheatley, Simon Rumley, Jake West, Lee Hardcastle, Ti West, Jason Eisener, Kaare Andrews, Bruno Forzani, Noboru Iguchi, Jorge Michel Grau, Srdjan Spasojevic, Adam Wingard and many more…

The ABCs of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film, including the directors of House of the Devil, Hobo with a Shotgun, A Serbian Film, Tokyo Gore Police, and You’re Next as well as four homegrown British directors – Ben Wheatley (Sightseers), Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), Jake West (Doghouse) and Leeds based Lee Hardcastle, who with his claymation short, won a competition to be the final director (and whose short is one of the highlights of the film).

Anthologies are always a difficult thing to get right even when
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First Trailer For Banjong Pisanthanakun's Pee Mak Phrakanong

Banjong is back! We brought the first posters for the new horror comedy from Banjong Pisanthanakun - the Thai director who built his name on the back of horror hits Shutter, Alone and Phobia - and the first trailer for his new horror comedy Pee Mak Phrakanong has just followed. An inversion of the popular Mae Nak ghost story - itself the subject of several films - fans will be glad to see the quartet of actors who anchored Pisanthanakun's Phobia shorts here as well. Check it below....

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Posters And Music Teaser For Banjong Pisanthanakun's Horror Comedy Pee Mak Phrakanong

Thai director Banjong Pisanthanakun is getting back to his roots. The helmer first broke onto the scene as one half of the duo responsible for 2004 breakout horror hit Shutter, a success quickly followed by 2007 chiller Alone. Pisanthanakun and directing partner Parkpoom Wongpoom were the hottest things going in a generally boiling Asian horror scene at the time but, strangely, neither has directed a horror oriented feature since. Both halves of the duo turned in horror shorts in the Phobia and Phobia 2 horror anthologies, the latter of which is the last time Wongpoom appeared on screen at all. Pisanthanakun? He wrote and directed a hit romcom in 2010, and turned up this past year with a segment in The ABCs of Death but...

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First Shot From Banjong Pisanthanakun's Pee Mak Phrakanong

Thai director Banjong Pisanthanakun - co-director of Shutter and Alone, solo contributor to both Phobia horror anthology projects and helmer of the hysterical N Is For Nuptials segment in The ABCs of Death - is hard at work on his latest effort, the feature horror comedy Pee Mak Phrakanong. While plot details are generally being kept under wraps - all we've been told is that it's a sort of gender inversion of the classic Nang Nak legend - and there is not yet an English title for the film, Pisanthanakun let us know that the quartet of young men who starred in his Phobia shorts would be in the cast here as well along with star Mario Maurer. And whaddaya know? There they all are...

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Shutter And Alone Co-Director Banjong Pisanthanakun Launches Horror Comedy Pee Mak Phrakanong

Thailand's Banjong Pisanthanakun burst on to the international horror scene in 2004 as the co-director of chilling horror picture Shutter, later subjected to a greatly inferior Us remake. Pisanthanakun would team up with his Shutter co-director again for 2007 effort Alone but fans have been waiting ever since for a return to feature length horror.It's not that he hasn't been busy ... Pisanthanakun turned in stellar solo efforts in the short film horror anthologies Phobia and Phobia 2, directed hugely successful romantic comedy Hello Stranger in 2010 and contributed the hysterical N Is For Nuptials segment to this year's international horror anthology The ABCs Of Death. But a feature in the genre that made him famous? That hasn't happened for five years now.So take heart,...
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I Miss U (2012) Movie Review

Despite its title, “I Miss U” is actually a Thai horror film, albeit one with a decidedly romantic and wistful bent, director Monthon Arayangkoon, combining the love story of his 2010 “Big Boy” with the spooky shenanigans of his earlier shockers “The House” and “The Victim”. The urban legend inspired film is headlined by a trio of ghost veterans, actor Jesdaporn Pholdee (“The Eye 2”), Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (“4 Bia”) and Natthaweeranuch Thongmee (“Shutter”), and proved highly popular at the box office, emerging as the country’s top grossing genre hit of 2012 to date. The film follows a fairly familiar sounding plot, with Apinya Sakuljaroensuk as Bee, a trainee doctor who starts working at a new hospital and soon catches the eye of the handsome and much sought after Dr Thana (Jesdaporn Pholdee). Unfortunately, despite his attraction to her, the poor man is a tormented soul, still apparently heart-broken after the death of
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The 2000′s: A Vital Decade in Horror Cinema

Many film websites published “decade’s best horror films” lists in late 2009/early 2010. While these lists collectively provided a rough snapshot of the genre’s ups and downs during that time, with more time to reflect, it becomes increasingly clear what an important period the 2000’s were for the horror genre on a global scale.

Not only did this decade easily and obviously eclipse the comparatively arid 1990’s in both volume of production and overall quality, the 2000’s can also be looked at as a crucial one for horror cinema despite the justified outrage about the American film industry’s widespread strip-mining of classics and foreign films for remakes/re-boots and its saturation of the market with teen-friendly PG-13 rated horror films.

While by no means as groundbreaking as the 1970’s or as sentimentally regarded as the 1980’s, the 2000’s will be recalled as the decade that, despite well-founded criticisms
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Thai Star Ananda Everingham Stars In Filipino Drama Kalayaan (Wildlife)

Thai star Ananda Everingham has charted an interesting path for himself. At some point following his breakthrough as the lead in the original version of horror picture Shutter, Everingham literally drafted a list of the most interesting directors in Thailand at the time. Then he worked his way down the list, making movies with each of them. Commercial cinema out of the way, Everingham moved on to the indies - both as an actor and producer. And having knocked that off the list he is now blazing a course through the emerging cinemas of South East Asia as a whole. He's made a movie in Laos - where pretty much nobody has made a movie - and is now moving on to The Philippines...
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The Lost Home (aka Ladda Land, 2011) Movie Review

The recent popularity of Thai horror continues with “Ladda Land”, directed by Sophon Sakdaphisit, who also helmed the entertaining genre flick “Coming Soon”, as well as scripting Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom’s superb “Shutter” and “Alone”, and working on the hit “4bia” anthologies. Drawing upon an urban legend, the film relocates from the usual Bangkok setting to Chiang Mai, revolving around supernatural occurrences in a new upmarket housing estate and attempting to balance its ghosts with financial and domestic terrors. The film follows Saharat Sangkapreecha (“The Legend of Suriyothai”) as Thee, a marketing manager who leaves Bangkok to take a higher paying job in a new Chiang Mai area called Ladda Land, bringing with him his wife Parn (Piyathida Woramuksik, “The Sisters”), angsty 14 year old daughter Nan (Suthatta Udomsilp) and young son Nat (Apinya Sakuljaroensuk). Despite ongoing pressure from his nagging mother in law, Thee is determined to make
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The ABCs of Death Announce Final Director

The ABCs of Death Announce Final Director
Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced T is for Toilet by Lee Hardcastle as the winner of their contest to find the "next great horror filmmaker," which finalized the lineup of their international co-production of The ABCs of Death - a highly anticipated anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen celebrated filmmakers in what Fangoria calls, "a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world." Inspired by children's educational books, the feature is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were given free reign to choose a word to represent a form of death based on their letter. The ABCs of Death will be released through Magnet Releasing in 2012.

T is for Toilet was an early submission to the contest setting the benchmark for future entries and
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