t.l.: Phee Jang Nang a-than-pa-kham-cha-nod
Thailand, 2007, 90 mins., Thai
Dir: Songsak Mongkolthong; Written by Songsak Mongkolthong; Art Dir: Phairot Siriwath; Ph: Chitti Urnorakankit; Ed: Sunit Asawanikul, Songsak Mongkolthong, Muenfan Uppatham;
Cast: Achita Pramoj na Ayudhya, Pakkaramai Pokranan, Namo Tonggumnerd.
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Source: Five Stars Production
The Screen at Kamchanod has all promising elements that could boost its new cinematic superiority in horror, a recent attempting trend by many directors as the genre is believed to get saturated in the industry. Based on the true story from the newspaper report in 1991, a doctor and his team try to investigate over the mystery of a group of showmen who were hired to arrange outdoor screenings at Kamchanod, Udonthani Province. According to them, no audiences attended the show until late of the night. Suddenly a number of people came to the screening place. Strangely, these audiences were clearly divided into two groups the women-in-white at one side and men-in-black at the other. They all watched the film without reaction, and then disappeared rapidly at 4.00 am.
The film starts with Dr. Yuth and his team trying to track down the legend. They went to see the half-alive-half-dead showman and find the film reels that were once screened at the Kamchanod in 1991. But once they set to see the film together, all of them meet several strange incidents afterward. They all see ghosts, and encounter each particular way of tragic ending. In the final episode, Dr. Yuth decides to prove the truth himself.
First-time helmer Songsak Mongkolthong shows his potential directorial ability in setting up a cold atmosphere that culminates into the silent fear by the characters, and later shared to us the audiences. The best part of it is when the mysterious film reels are screened to Dr. Yuth and his team. While all the eyes are pointed at the screen, little by little the characters feel that they are not watching the movie alone. The next seat is unexplainably pushed down and kept in that position. A mysterious hand is fondling on your feet. He is aware of it, but try to say nothing and then silently lift his up himself. And that is not only the thrilling experience we will meet in The Screen at Kamchanod.
The story development is found a bit too slow and unclear, as the director-cum-writer perhaps want to conclude it in a shocking final wrap-up. Also a bit too cheesy with double-crossed plan that lead to the ending. But good characterization no one is perfect. Good to test your courage watching the film at night. Beware someone might join you to watch the film!
Songsak Mongkolthong was born in 1976 and finished in filmmaking from Rangsit University. He first entered the film industry in 1999, as a rewriter for Pang Brothers Bangkok Dangerous. Since then he has written the scripts or worked as an assistant director to several movies, including Pang Brothers The Eye, Metrosexual, and etc. The Screen is his directorial debut.
2007 The Screen