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Suay Laak Sai (2007)
This film is insane
This is a film that wallows and writhes in ecstatic abandon with the pure joy of being a B-Movie. I'm sure it never pretends to be anything else, and as such should be rated in those terms. Maybe as a 'film' it deserves its IMDb rating of 4.3, but as an exploitation/horror flick it would have to rate a solid 7.5. For those who enjoy the genre, you should find much to love.
The basic premise is this ... get a bunch of babes in form-fitting nurse costumes, point the camera at them a lot while they're walking away, introduce the obligatory Asian hair ghost, and sprinkle liberally with copious amounts of blood and creative death sequences.
Yeah its got a story, but who cares. Read one of the other reviews if that concerns you.
Fans of Asian horror will no doubt find it somewhat derivative - this is a 2007 film using the whole hair-ghost angle that was already tired and overdone in 2005. Connoisseurs will also recognise a famous scene lifted from Takashi Miike's Gozu, but in the spirit of Tarantino lets call it 'an homage'. In any case, it really doesn't matter - the film is too much fun to get hung up on critical technicalities. Crack open a beer and enjoy the show!
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Shameless marketing ...?
Did anyone else read the first reviews on here and come to the conclusion that the film studio hired an advertising agency to flood the internet (and this site) with positive 'user' reviews ?
The sheer number of them that mentioned it was a movie that 'had to be seen in the theaters' (a not so subtle attempt to raise the theater take?) along with the unlikely high ratings really raised my eyebrows.
Seems the ratings are tumbling now and my suspicions are confirmed. Someone else pointed out that while the average rating is close to 8/10 (but falling rapidly), the average from longtime reviewers is less than 6.
While I don't know for sure if early postings for this film were in effect 'paid endorsements', I *do* know that some advertising companies are definitely conducting this kind of shameful internet marketing.