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A western businessman, his Thai wife and son experience a horrible accident while visiting Bangkok. In the aftermath, they find there is a shadow world between life and death where endless darkness lies.

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Warren Mills
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Choi Luang
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Som Mathews
Nori Satô ...
Ghost in the Hallway (as Nora)
Viyada Umarin ...
Mae Noi
Weeratham Wichairaksakul ...
Rangsan Nitava
Chanin Goldsmith ...
Kyle Matthews
Byron Bishop ...
Dr. Anand
Patrick Frost ...
Dead Soldier
Tavikan Muchman ...
Burned Woman
Watcharapon Kammanid ...
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John Henbest ...
Ajaan Sao (voice)
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The American Jeff Mathews returns to Bangkok with his beloved wife Kyle Matthews and son Som Mathews to visit Kyle's parents. Jeff is a businessman that met Kyle in a business trip and married her. Jeff stops the car in a red light and a pickup crashes his car. Five weeks later, Jeff awakes from the coma and learns that Kyle and Som died in the accident. The nurse Choi Luang treats Jeff carefully but instead of recovering, he has dreadful visions and nightmares with ghosts and demons.. Choi takes Jeff to the aunt of her cousin Mae Noi and she explains that he is experiencing the World of Shadows, where people suffer their last moments over and over in the darkness. Soon Jeff learns that his connection with the World of Shadows is very strong and Maw Noi tells that they need help. They go to the house of Warren Mills and Jeff learns that his soul is trapped in the World of Shadows, and he need to go there to bring his soul back and be one again. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Fear lies in the darkness.


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Best horror film at festival Fantasy Horror Award 2011 (Italy). See more »

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During the accident in the beginning of the movie, the SUV that hits Jeff's family's car is a Jeep Cherokee. When the camera pulls out it is some other type of SUV. See more »

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Meh
19 November 2012 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

IMDb's plot description makes reference to a "shadow world between life and death." This had me go in thinking we were about to be treated to a journey through an imagining of what lies beyond, disturbing dreamscapes and such. But this is not that.

What this is, is a horror movie. It starts out with standard Japanese horror fare that we saw migrate to America about ten years ago, ala "The Ring" and "The Grudge", ghosts comprised of people with creepy contact lenses clawing at legs.

It then turns into something less subtle and more Sam Raimi: Travel to distant lands where only the natives retain the ancient knowledge required to defeat the evil. It gets rather silly, without being charming. Raimi's sense of ironic detachment isn't there, nor is any feeling of adventure or intensity, at least one of which you'd hope would be there.

The acting is all well and good, with William Hurt and Cary Elwes performing as expected. Other aspects of the production are also nicely done, but the second-time director doesn't seem sure what he wants to evoke in the audience. I can't call it "bad" per se, but I still can't see this being worth anyone's time.


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