Director: Chanchai Pantasi
Stars: Danai Smuthkochorn, Paul Visut Carey,
Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
This one is bad cheesy fun that you can enjoy
on some lame midnight showing level. The filmmakers and actors seem to
be taking themselves all too seriously in this film that treads on the
edges of exploitation but never makes the full dive into it. That I suppose
is the major problem with it – everyone is as earnest as if they are in
an Ibsen play – but this is a jungle horror film folks – have some fun!
This genre has certain expectations and this film meets a few of them with
man-eating critters and a giant snake – but it was totally lacking in any
sexual pizzazz. As a friend said after viewing this – “how can you make
a jungle exploitation film and the women keep their clothes on!” My sentiments
exactly – you can’t go halfway in these kinds of films – it feels like
Merchant and Ivory doing exploitation – much too polite.
A group of fresh-faced do-gooder young students
go into the jungle to look for a rare hairy elephant so that they can take
pictures of it. The villagers all have that terrified “don’t go in there”
look on their faces, but these all too innocents go in anyway – I mean
it’s not everyday you can photo a hairy elephant. Soon things go crsshshhs
in the night and one fellow becomes dinner for a hoard of centipedes that
squiggle into every orifice he has until only raw meat is left on the bones.
The guide doesn’t do much better and soon these young people are on their
own. Turn back? Of course not. There is plenty more insect grub to be had
here. Most of these horrors are CGI effects by the way and not all that
convincing, but still fun.
When not peeling off voracious ants, hungry centipedes
and giant face sucking spiders off their bodies, a gigantic killer snake
who is well fed on amphetamines dropped in the river (we know this because
the brown burlap bag has AMPHETAMINES on the front – drug dealers don’t
want to make a mistake and take the dirty laundry by mistake) attacks the
group and starts devouring them. The suspense lays of course in trying
to predict who will make it – the two falangs (westerners) – hmmm – highly
unlikely – I have seen enough Asian films to know that white people rarely
survive intact, the annoying guy who wants to lead the group (what do you
think?), the two cute females (geez I hope so) or the obvious hero of the
film. The rest I can’t really remember as they were gone – munch munch
- much too quickly.
Neither the Thai DVD or VCD have English subs.
I was able to catch it in a special viewing with subs. A HK release does
My rating for this film: 5.5