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Thailand's answer to Skins shocks some, thrills others

Director of Hormones says calls for ban shows 'adults closing their eyes to reality'

From the opening episode it becomes clear why Hormones, a drama of daily life at a Bangkok high school, has become the most talked about programme on Thai television.

Within the first few minutes there is the sneaky cigarette during morning register, the bathroom quickie during break time, the mindless chatter about who likes whom, the agony of a boring lecture, and the impending suspension of a handsome bad boy.

Day-to-day life in Thailand is still largely conservative, with programming revolving around game shows and anodyne soap operas, and sex education premised on abstinence over birth control.

Which is why, much like Skins did in Britain, Hormones has struck a nerve in Thailand, where fans appreciate its honesty and critics lambast its "reckless" scenes of youths smoking and kissing on-screen.

Officials have even called for outright censorship,
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Teaser trail for Singapore horror 23:59hrs

Its teaser trailer time for Singapore horror 23:59hrs, and while it’s not giving a whole lot away, first impression count and it looks like the production values are going to be high. Perhaps its the regimented military setting, but in style at least, it reminds me a little of Songyos Sugmakanan’s superb Thai frightener ‘Dorm,’ which is no bad thing! 23:59 opens locally in October. Roll on the full trailer! Synopsis: 2359 is a horror thriller set in 1983 on an island used for military training. A rumour had been circulating like wild fire amongst the soldiers. A mad woman living on the island had died at the exact hour of 23:59, and it is believed that her spirit had returned to haunt the soldiers at the exact same time. One of the recruits, Tan, the introverted platoon outcast, is adamant that he will be the next victim of the mad woman's spirit.
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Toronto After Dark Announces Film Lineup

The 2010 Toronto After Dark Film Festival has just announced their lineup of films for this year. The fest runs from August 13 – 20 and features the best horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from around the world. They have some truly awesome, strange and ridiculous films playing this year, so don’t miss it!

Here are our picks for some of your best bets playing at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Fest.

For more details check out the full schedule here.

Alien vs. Ninja

Directed by Seiji Chiba, Yuji Shimomura

Have you ever wanted to see deadly ninjas go toe-to-toe with vicious aliens? If you answered yes, then this is the film for you. Think of Alien vs. Ninja as a Japanese take on Predator, minus the muscles and the budget, and instead of commandos you have sword-wielding ninjas. The title of the film is truth in advertising, by all
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Five Segment One-Sheets: Phobia 2

The latest anthology on the block, Phobia 2 (review here), just made its debut at Fantasia 2010, and we've gotten our hands on the international one-sheets for each segment! Pretty neat! If only someone would have thought to do this with Creepshow!

Directors on board for these five tales of terror from Thailand include Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone, 4Bia), Paween Purijitpanya (Body, 4Bia), Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter, Alone, 4Bia), Songyos Sugmakanan (Dorm, Hormones), and first-timer Visute Poolvoralaks (the producer behind the success of Shutter, Alone, 4Bia, and Coming Soon).

Dig on the goods below, and check out the official Phobia 2 website for more.

Hopefully we'll have some Us distro news soon. Keep your fingers crossed!

- Uncle Creepy

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Thai horror anthology Phobia 2: Review

Directors: Pisanthanakun, Purijitpanya, Sugmakanan, Wongpoom, Poolvoralaks. Review: Adam Wing. Thai horror anthology Phobia (a.k.a. 4bia) was a big hit in 2008, proving that there’s plenty of life (or should that be death) in the tired Asian horror genre. The sequel arrived a year later, rather predictably shattering Thailand's box-office records once again. The follow-up offers five chilling shorts not four, now there’s a twist, which means that the playful title of the original is redundant this time around. Paween Purijitpanya (Body), Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter) and Banjong Pisanthanakun (Alone) return to helm a segment each, alongside Songyos Sugmakanan (Dorm) and veteran producer Wisoot Poolvoralaks (Nang-Nak), who take charge of the remaining two chapters. Phobia 2 opens with the tale of Novice, where a young boy has gone into hiding at a Buddhist monastery, his attempts to evade the law take a deadly turn when his criminal past comes back to haunt him.
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Phobia 2 (aka 4Bia 2, 2009) Movie Review

Thai horror continues to go from strength to strength with “Phobia 2” (also more awkwardly referred to as “4bia 2”), sequel to the popular 2008 anthology piece. This time around the film offers not four, but five short tales of terror, with producer Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (“Iron Ladies”) pulling together an impressive line up of top directors in the returning Paween Purijitpunya (“Body”), and Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisonthanakun (co-helmers of the blockbusters “Shutter” and “Alone”), along with newcomers Songyos Sugmakanan (“Dorm”) and Wisoot Poolworraluck (a veteran Thai producer, who worked on “Nang-Nak”). Although horror anthologies can be notoriously hit and miss affairs, the film was a massive commercial success, breaking box office records during its domestic release and becoming the country’s top grossing genre production of all time. First up is “Novice”, from Paween Purijitpanya, which follows a young delinquent teen called Pey (Jirayu Raongmanee), whose mother dumps him at an isolated
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Thai horror anthology Phobia 2 on English friendly DVD

Phobia 2 the sequel to the hit 2008 Thai horror anthology, has finally made it way to English friendly DVD via a Hong Kong release. This second instalment includes segments from a swathe of returning Thai horror movie making maestros, including; Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom (of 'Shutter' fame), as well as Paween Purikitpanya ('Body #19'), Songyos Sugmakanan ('Dorm'), and Visute Poolvoralaks. In Novice, a young punk goes hiding in a Buddhist monastery to evade the law but his criminal past comes back to haunt him. In Ward, a teenager wishes he was alone the night he is in the hospital ward with an old man in a coma. In Backpackers, a pair of Japanese backpackers in Thailand are dying to know what's inside the trailer of the truck they hitchhike on. In Salvage, a car dealer refurbishes damaged cars and sells them to unsuspecting bargain hunters. In the End, a
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Phobia 2 Now out On DVD with English Subtitles!

Santa is bringing all us horror fans a Xmas treat this year, yes its a English Subtitled release of the rather excellent and heavly twitch featured Phobia sequel Phobia 2.

See the link below to Moviexclusive to purchase the DVD!

A collection of five horror stories, from the studio that made Shutter, Dorm, Body #19, Alone, Coming Soon, 4Bia. By Thailands most talented horror film directors- Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone, 4Bia - In the Middle), Paween Purijitpanya (Body, 4Bia- Tit for Tat), Songyos Sugmakanan (Dorm, Hormones), Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter, Alone, 4Bia - Last Fright), and a new director Visute Poolvoralaks the man behind the success of Shutter, Alone, 4Bia, and Coming Soon.
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[Events] - Special Afm 2009 Part.2

You will find here the first teasers, stills, posters, synopsis rumors about upcoming horror movies presented at the American Film Market 2009 !! "Phobia 2" - Trailer and Sales Art The screaming experience from 2008 is about to return again with a portmanteau horror film by the most talented film directors including Banjong Pisanthanakun ("Shutter", "Alone", "4Bia"), Paween Purijitpanya ("Body", "4Bia"), Songyos Sugmakanan ("Dorm", "Hormones"), Parkpoom Wongpoom ("Shutter", "Alone", "4Bia"), and a new director Visute Poolvoralaks (the man behind the success of "Shutter", "Alone", "4Bia", and "Coming Soon"). "Scream 4" - Promo Art Here's the official sales synopsis for "Scream IV". The horror series that reignited the genre and grossed more than $500 Million worldwide is...
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Phobia 2 Sales Art and International Trailer

In any language anthologies kick ass. With Afm right around the corner, the sales art and official international trailer for Phobia 2 from Thailand have barreled their way online, and this one looks like a winner!

Directors on board include Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone, 4Bia), Paween Purijitpanya (Body, 4Bia), Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter, Alone, 4Bia), Songyos Sugmakanan (Dorm, Hormones), and first-timer Visute Poolvoralaks (the producer behind the success of Shutter, Alone, 4Bia, and Coming Soon).

Dig on the goods below, and check out the official Phobia 2 website for more.

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