Welcome to THE HOUSE a Thai horror film from director Daisuke Nishio a film which personally tries too hard to impress. Oh yes this is one of THOSE reviews where I may rant away so dear reader I will warn you now that there may be *SPOILERS*
Asked to open up an old case for a documentary, young female reporter Shalinee (Inthira Chaloenpura – THE UNBORN) discovers a link between three brutal murders, all committed by doctors, and an old medical house where all three men lived. Intrigued at what she may find Shalinee enters the house where she is met with ghostly visions and bloody images of the past deaths. Shalinee faints as her boyfriend, Nu (Chutcha Rujinanon – THE EYES), enters the house. While checking on her body Nu comes face to face with a black mist like spirit that (and you don’t see this till near the end, but it is pretty dam obvious) enters Nu and possesses him.
Shalinee delves deeper into the history of the deaths as she visit the doctors in prison, has even more ghostly vision and the like whilst on the other side the spirits of the house do a number on the mind of Nu, who begins to get paranoid about Shalinee and a man at her work. So we find out the real story, Nu and Shalinee have a showdown and I yawn my way through yet another film.
Generally all we have is another Asian ghost story which, unfortunately, doesn’t match up to films such as THE RING or DARK WATER. The acting was a little stale to be fair and the visuals were nothing special and I actually thought I was going to fall asleep midway through. I respect what the director and writer were trying to do and I admit I thought it was more original than a lot of the films out there today HOWEVER this just didn’t live up to expectations. Maybe that was the problem here, I was actually looking forward to watching this and I was left with a bad taste in my mouth instead.
If you don’t mind the same old style of ghost story then you may enjoy it, but I am personally getting bored of this ghost sub genre as much as I am bored of the zombie sub genre.
Release date: 4th June 2012
Running time: 103 Mins
RRP: (DVD) £15.99