In this ghastly revenge tale from the ancient past, Arawati, a Khmer princess, is forced to marry the conquering tyrant of the new Thai regime, but is in love with one of his soldiers. ...
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In this ghastly revenge tale from the ancient past, Arawati, a Khmer princess, is forced to marry the conquering tyrant of the new Thai regime, but is in love with one of his soldiers. After being sentenced to death after being caught in a hidden love affair with the young soldier, she is burnt alive, yet not before she has magical incantations spoken over by a Khmer priestess. Although she is burned at the stake, this Khmer magic enables her soul to remain unharmed in her head and bowels, which escape the scene as she is transformed into the Southeast Asian Horror, the Krasue (a.k.a. P'Graseau, or Penanggalan in Chinese), a witch with a flying head. At the same time in another village, another young woman named Dao, who just happend to be her identical twin, dies by black magic because of rejecting the advances of the son of the village sorcerer. Arawati's soul occupies Dao's corpse in order to stay alive on earth, and at night, her head and entrails leave Dao's occupied body to ...Written by
The title refers to a kind of Thai zombies. The Krasue during the day looks like a normal young woman. At night, however, her head, still attached with her insides, separates from an empty body and floats around to feed upon livestock and even people. See more »
This film essentially revolves around two beautiful, young women who look like identical twins. The first is a Khmer princess who goes by the name of "Tarawati" (Lakana Wattanawongsiri) and is taken prisoner by a Thai king who forces her to become his wife. To complicate matters even further, she falls in love with one of the guards and upon eventually being discovered with him is sentenced to death. Before this transpires, however, a Khmer sorceress casts a spell upon Tarawati to save her soul. The scene then shifts to a small village some distance away in which another woman named "Daow" (also played by Lakana Wattanwongsiri) has just had a death spell cast upon her for refusing the advances of the son of an evil magician. By sheer coincidence, both Tarawati and Daow happen to die at the exact same time which releases Tarawati's soul directly into the body of Daow immediately bringing life back into her. Needless to say, the local villagers are shocked and surprised at Daow's resurrection from the dead but not long afterward some of them begin to realize that she isn't quite the same. What they don't know, however, is that every night her head and entrails detach from her body and seek the flesh and blood of a living animal which leaves the local villagers both startled and frightened when they discover the mangled corpses. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an interesting film which benefitted from the exotic scenery and unique folklore. Unfortunately, the special effects left much to be desired and greatly affected the film as a whole and it's because of this major defect that I have rated it accordingly. Slightly below average.
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