Director: Haeman Chatemee
Starring: Danai Samutkochorn, Angie Grant,
Time: 90 minutes
The prelude in the past sets you up for a scary
supernatural horror film and then it jumps to the present day where a group
of young adults show up at a rural village to teach the farmers aerobics.
A bunch of erection, small breasts, farting, peeping and lady boy jokes
later and it finally began to dawn on me that I was watching a parody of
a horror film. Once I realized that I quite began to enjoy this absolutely
silly farce about an evil spirit that very much enjoys eating human livers
- from live people unfortunately. One scene of it reaching up the person's
anus to try and locate the liver - the camera going along on the trip inside
- was both disgusting and very funny.
In the village this evil spirit possesses one
of the female students - a stunner who sort of looks like a combination
of Hsu Chi and Vivian Hsu. Once she is back in Bangkok she begins seducing
and killing various men in rather vicious ways. Her friends begin to notice
this change that has come over her and come to the conclusion that she
has been possessed. It then morphs into a Ghost Busters plot in which the
spirit starts jumping from one body to another and they keep trying to
track it down with the help of a Rastafarian and his giant ghost catching
condoms. There are some fun special effects, a lot of goofiness and an
easy breezy feel to it.
There is a Thai DVD and VCD with English subs.
My rating for this film: 7.0
Reviewed by Simon Booth
It's a Teen Thai Horror Comedy, unashamedly
modelled after the recent slew of horror-spoofs that have been popular
in Hollywood in recent years. I can't say I've ever actually watched one
of those Hollywood movies, but I've seen enough trailers and clips to recognise
their influence in Body Jumper. Unless the Hollywood efforts are very much
better than I believe is likely, I would say the Thai effort is at least
their equal though.
Everybody knows that when somebody from Hong Kong
visits Thailand, they're going to come back with supernatural agents on
their tail. What hope, then, for those that live in Thailand! Apparently
the phenomenon only applies to rural areas though, as the bus full of Bangkok
school kids in the movie don't seem to have had any supernatural problems
prior to their trip to a small backwater village (to teach healthy living
through exercise apparently, to these villagers who all seem to be knocking
on triple figure ages already). Whilst spying on a young and ridiculously
gorgeous classmate of theirs bathing in a river, a group of the boys unwittingly
unleash the spirit of Pbob, the liver-hungry ghost - which promptly takes
up home in the frighteningly attractive body of said classmate. Back in
Bangkok, the classmate turns from shy angel to disgustingly sexy man-eating
vamp. When a series of boys turn up dead with their livers missing, one
of the boys realises that she really is man-eating, and recalls the warning
a villager gave about Pbob. It's up to him, and eventually the friends
he can persuade of the truth, to stop her - preferably not dying in the
Well, that's the plot, but I recount it only because
I find it interesting. It doesn't really give a good idea of the movie,
which is mostly very very silly with a strong love for bodily function
humour and sexual humour. Here, the horror is not so much the thought of
having your liver eaten by a ghost as of dying a virgin. If it were an
American movie I would doubtless hate it for being shallow and crude, and
silly, but I'm more forgiving of a Thai movie that at least didn't cost
$20 million and buy swimming pools for a dozen lawyers and studio execs.
It takes a lot more effort and dedication to pull off a silly horror comedy
in Thailand, where the entire country probably doesn't have the budget
of a Hollywood studio, so I respect it a lot more. Or I'm a hypocrite,
Whatever the explanation, I did find myself enjoying
Pbob a lot after a slightly reluctant start. It's not a deep movie by any
stretch of the imagination, but it's a good romp with great production
values. The characters have zero depth, but all look very young and beautiful...
especially the girl who becomes Pbob's host, if you hadn't picked that
detail up yet. The director obviously noticed her physical exceptionalness
too, and exploits it to the max. Even though Pbob is a 'body jumper', she
quite wisely stays in this one body for the majority of the movie - clearly
she knows she not going to find better soon. I'd happily have swapped places
with some of the liver-deprived young chaps she seduces and devours, frankly!
The beauty of the host makes it all the more traumatic when Pbob's demonic
side takes control - quite genuinely creepy and disturbing and monstrous.
Not quite as traumatic as seeing Sadako crawl out of a tv, but Pbob's face
still wouldn't get out of my head for some hours after the movie, and I
didn't feel at all comfortable in the dark/alone until it did .
The scares take second place to the laughs though
- if a situation can be turned into a comedy skit, it will invariably go
that way. The script thrives on absurdity and a healthy diet of cliche
- which it uses or spoofs in equal measures. There's a lot of mugging and
wilful overacting, but a sense of playfulness and fun from the cast that
makes you forgive it and even appreciate it. There's not much of a point
behind it all, not really any meaningful message to take away, but it's
pretty solid entertainment. The movie also has really high production values
- great sets, lighting, camerawork and very impressive special effects.
The CGI isn't up to the standards of Hollywood's very best, but it's pretty
good and effective. The whole movie feels slick - if it's possible to be
slick and stupid at the same time
If you like the Hollywood Teen slasher-horror
type affairs, then definitely try Body Jumper - unless I've been missing
some US gems, I think it's probably better than any of them. If you're
interested in seeing how a less bloated industry can produce product of
at least the same quality and probably a whole lot more character than
Hollywood, then try Body Jumper too. If you just want to see a really really
cute girl get possessed by a liver-hungry ghost, then this is probably
your best choice too.