If anyone thinks of Far Eastern horror, you’d be forgiven for immediately thinking of Japanese horror or, of course, the explosion of first-class Korean movies. Any horror note worth its salt will immediately list the infamous The ring franchise or the often acclaimedThree extremestrilogy of disturbing stories from Hong Kong director Fruit Chan, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and Japanese director Takashi Miike; each of them directed an episode in the said trilogy.
A trailer of 2015 Thai horror movie The Covenant (not to be confused with the 2006 Hollywood movie of the same name – but if Sebastian Stan is your thing, you might want to check it out) recently released, featuring some heartfelt spooky scenes , along with the kind of nightmarish ghosts that could even make Guillermo del Toro think.
The movie, shot under its original title Run Phee, Follows the story of a young woman who is possessed (there is a low hanging ghost fruit) of the ability to smell ghosts. Definitely a new approach to ghost detection, although I hope a Western release doesn’t have the slogan “I smell dead people.”
Just misses the ring (again, no pun intended) from another more memorable catchphrase. In this case, our heroine discovers that her boarding school hides some dark secrets. These secrets, of course, will have to be of the pants-soiled, gruesome kind absolutely; I mean, let’s face it – who wants to watch a movie about an ordinary, perfectly healthy alliance?
Our olfactory nature will not be alone in her investigation into the dark past of the boarding school. She is joined by a rather smartly dressed dead sidekick to help her get to the bottom of the horrors that inhabit the Covenant. Good spirits always seem to wear suits / school uniforms.
While the hook of smelling the dead is certainly new, the trailer certainly evokes feelings of nostalgia for the horror movies of the early 2000s. At least I was certainly kept in mind. Thirteen ghosts or even shades of the 1999 remake of The house on Haunted Hill.
Look no further than some of the horrors featured in the trailer The covenant: A melting face with a wonderfully visceral sticky eyeball. A creature with a face ALL made of eyeballs, a ghost (no doubt evil) so chewed up and mashed that you can see right through the back of its head. A suicide by gunshot, maybe?
There’s no official release date yet (neither for the United States nor for Europe) for horror fans to pin into their calendars, but this is definitely one to keep an eye out for (melting, full-faced, or otherwise). Thailand has quietly put together a solid stable of horror films, in the shadow of the more recognized Japanese and Korean studios. More Far Eastern horror is never a bad thing at all.