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Art of the Devil (2004)

Khon len khong (original title)
Boom, pregnant from an affair, is told by her lover to leave him and his family alone. Enraged, she goes to a witch doctor and has him use black magic against her ex-lover and his family. ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Arisa Wills ...
Nan
Supakson Chaimongkol ...
Boom
Krongthong Rachatawan ...
Tin Settachoke ...
Prathan
Somchai Satuthum ...
Danai
Isara Ochakul ...
Ruj
Nirut Sutchart ...
Neng
Krittayod Thimnate ...
Bon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Buchholz ...
Pratan Siwahiran (voice) (as Robert Buchholz)
Sherry Chiasson ...
Nan Siwahiran (voice)
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Bon Siwahiran (voice)
Elvia Gaitan ...
Ad (voice)
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Ruj Siwahiran (voice)
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Neng Siwahiran (voice)
Dave Mallow ...
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Boom, pregnant from an affair, is told by her lover to leave him and his family alone. Enraged, she goes to a witch doctor and has him use black magic against her ex-lover and his family. They all die in suspicious manners. Just when Boom thinks everything is over, a woman claiming to be her lover's secret mistress claims his inheritance and moves in to his house with her 4 children. Not long after that, unexplainable things happen to the family and, one by one, they begin to die. Written by Ploy P.

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A tasteless, but tedious Thai horror.
15 August 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Fans of unusual Asian horror will no doubt be familiar with the spate of weird and rather unsavoury films that emerged from Hong Kong in the early 80s; titles such as The Devil, Seeding of a Ghost, Centipede Horror, Calamity of Snakes, and Devil Fetus delivered disgusting gore mixed with black magic, and quite often featured a plethora of slimy or creepy critters (bugs, worms, eels, snakes etc.) crawling from corpses or victims' mouths.

Thailand's 2004 horror Art of the Devil, from director Tanit Jitnukul, is very reminiscent of such films: it's a revenge film that sees a woman using magic to torment and kill the family of a man who wronged her. It features some nasty gore, plenty of hokey voodoo rituals (including one that involves the use of a dead baby!), and LOTS of eels, but although it has the occasional good moment, the film is rather tedious overall, not as nasty as I had expected, and is hampered by some mediocre acting.

Jitnukul's direction is slick and the film has a very polished look, but with a narrative that meanders rather aimlessly until the predictable conclusion, plus lots of confusing flashbacks, it's hard to stay interested for the duration. Lead actresses Arisa Wills and Supakson Chaimongkol (as vengeful bitch, Boom) are both easy on the eye, and provide a little incentive to remain focused, but, in the end, Art of the Devil proves to be nothing more than another forgettable horror flick.

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


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