Directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom
‘Alone’ is a Thai horror film originally released in 2007 directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, who also directed the original version of the film ‘Shutter’, and like that film it is a supernatural horror. It relies heavily on jump scares and creating a tense atmosphere with varying results.
The film revolves around a woman named Pim; once a conjoined twin whose sister Ploy died during the operation to separate them. After being told that her mother has been hospitalised due to a stroke, she and her boyfriend Wee return to Thailand from South Korea, and stay in Pim’s childhood home. Soon after she is haunted by increasingly visceral manifestations of her sister, which are linked to the idea that if one conjoined twin dies, the other must also die.
As previously mentioned, the film works quite hard to create a tense atmosphere. Even the jump scares that are more obviously telegraphed are reasonably effective, with a particular stand-out involving Pim investigating a dark room with a torch. The build-up and pay off of these scenes works well, and it fits nicely with the tone the film is going for.
However, the film does have an over reliance on said jump scares. They happen a lot in quite rapid succession, which after a while gives the feeling that the film is not sure what else it can do to scare the audience. The characters are all bland or unlikable with many of the problems they face being easily avoided or fixed, in hindsight. The worst part of the film is the plot twist, which is a genuine let down.
The plot feels like it is moving to a better, or at least different climax to the one presented, which seemingly comes out of nowhere and is incredibly weak.
Overall, ‘Alone’ is a by-the-numbers horror film that has an interesting premise and a good atmosphere, but is let down by too many jump scares, bland characters and a weak plot twist. Horror fans will find something to enjoy, but there are many better examples of the genre out there.
Review by James Lambert