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Ghost Mother (2007)

  Tags: Asian Horror, blood, ghost mother, ghosts, gore, mother, revenge, spirits, thai, thailand, Tharathorn Siripanwaraporn

Your rating: None Average: 7.8 (4 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
6

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Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Tharathorn Siripanwaraporn
Runtime: 
84 minutes
Cast: 
Focus Jeerakul, Natnischa Cerdchoobuphakaree, Patcharapa Chaichua, Thana Suttikamon


Thanks to my good friend Danielle (a huge Azn horror fan), I've been able to catch up on some older Asian horror that I've missed over the years. I've never really been a fan of Thai horror (though I did like a couple of'em), so I went into Ghost Mother with very low expectations. To my surprise the movie actually turned out fairy decent, and the deaths it offered were creative and bloody, which is a definite plus.

The story basically follows a woman, who is forced to look after her niece and nephews when her brother is killed. It turns out that the brother was a cop, who was deep undercover with some shady local criminals. The criminals end up going after the sister when they think she may know where their missing drugs are, but end up killing her after she attempts to escape. Now, feeling as though she must still look after the kids, her ghost finds her way back to her home, where everyone seems to be unaware of her death. Now a vengeful spirit, the sister hunts down each member of the group and murders them in a very brutal fashion.

The movie had a rocky start, showing us several bits and pieces of what happened to the brother and introducing several characters, so it was a little confusing at first, but things start making more sense around 30-minutes in and the pacing is picked up when the woman is killed. The movie does suffer from random dramatic moments that seem a little out of place at times. It's almost as if the director forgot that he was filming a horror flick and tried to force some tears out of the viewers instead.

Despite the random tear-jerker scenes, the death in the flick were above average, in my opinion. Each one was rather creative and surprisingly pretty bloody. Also, some of the CGI used wasn't entirely bad; there were a few choppy scenes, but for the most part it was done okay. There weren't any creepy scenes that stood out, but that's to be expected from a movie that also seems to think it's a drama. In the end this isn't a bad flick, as it kept my interest, offered some good deaths, and had an okay story.

Although the flick suffered an identity crises and the story wasn't the most original, it kept my interest and delivered some creative and bloody deaths. I could've done without some of the random tear-jerker scenes, but it's an otherwise decent watch if you're a fan of Asian horror, especially from Thailand.

Posted on November 21, 2009 - 3:24pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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