Directed by Taweewat Wantha
After its short respite over the last few years, Thai horror is back with a vengeance, and one of many recent Thai horror films to have caused a stir is Taveewat Wantha’s ‘Long Weekend’.
A group of university students take to a remote island for a weekend away, but decide against inviting their unconventional friend Thongshook who wears a strange amulet that prevents him from turning into a monster. Thongsook gets wind of their plans and decides to surprise them by turning up unannounced on Friday 13th. When the boys in the group lock Thongsook in an old cave where victims were said to have been swallowed by an evil ghost, all hell breaks loose.
Wantha is known as a cult director, underrated in his own country. It is a shame therefore, that ‘Long Weekend’ does not deliver a little more given his credentials, but as his first feature in the horror/thriller genre it is an impressive attempt.
With a convoluted plot and a reasonably original premise, ‘Long Weekend’ is the perfect creepy horror film for younger audiences. It boasts an attractive young cast that will appeal to the younger generation and it meets all the necessary conventions of a teen horror while managing to be original.
However, a suitably creepy horror for teenagers is all that ‘Long Weekend’ manages to be. The young cast and university student stereotype is unlikely to appeal to a more mature audience, and while the premise is original, the idea of someone turning into a monster once his necklace is removed is almost laughable. The performances are average at best, however first time actor Chinawat Indracusin does an impressive job in his first film role.
Wantha plays around with plot twists to confuse both the characters and the audience. The fast editing and soundtrack aid a well-paced horror and the audience is thrown into a confusing and twisted narrative along with the characters, and become an integral part of the cat and mouse game.
‘Long Weekend’ delivers creepy ghosts and bloody spirituality amid a twist-ridden narrative. It is an impressive come back for Thai horror, but is nothing more than a teen flick.
Review by Natasha Harmer