Movie Review – Shutter (2004) : A New Dimension Of Asian Horror!

Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom
Screenplay: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Sopon Sukdapisit
Cast: Ananda Everingham, Acita Sikamana, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee

Must see if possible: “I saw Shutter a few years ago and I have seen many other Thai horror movies since then, this is by far the best, thanks for the final twist” -Christophe (Nov, 2011)

With a pale-skinned ghost, disheveled dark long hair seeking for revenge, “Shutter (2004) Thai: ชัตเตอร์ กดติดวิญญาณ” may appear as yet another Asian scary movie that is not far from Joo-On or The Ring. A white dressed female ghost whose face is shed with blood, a loud creaking noise being played when the ghost shows up, “Shutter” has these oh so predictable clichés in it. Yet, it delivers so many great scares and twists that it may have you sleeping with the lights on.

One night after attending a friends-gathering event, “Tun”, a leading actor who works as a freelance photographer along with “Jane”, his girlfriend, accidentally hit a mysterious woman on their way back to Bangkok. Tun insists that they should not leave the car and carry on driving. They relinquish themselves off responsibility without helping her or calling the police. Soon after, they are unable to escape their repercussions. Tun discovers haunting exposures of a woman in the photographs he takes. This leads him and Jane to unravel the mystery before it takes over their body and soul.

Guaranteed by winning the best film in Bangkok International Film Festival and Gérardmer, “Shutter” is nevertheless, a true scary movie that reaches its finest of haunting entertainment. The scenes progressively increase its intensity as the movie reaches its climax. I cannot say that I’m a movie critic because I haven’t watched that many of horror films. Therefore, my reviews can be a bit biased, but what is the harm of giving it a try besides from having your spines chilled?

NOTED: There is a 2008 Hollywood remake of this movie as well, but as everyone knows, it’s always best to watch the original version!

Check “Shutter” on IMDb.

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