Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Coming Soon (2008)

I will be honest and say that I had no idea what this movie was going to be of my fellow employees thrust it on me having heard about it from a friend recently returned from Thailand.

Coming Soon is another Asian scary girl horror movie. It is about Shane, a cinema employee who is begrudgingly pirating movies for the local thugs to sell on. Whilst pirating their latest movie, Evil Spirit, Shane's partner in crime disappears before the screening ends and the tape he has made shows him all but wetting himself to escape from some off screen monster. It seems that the movie he is pirating is haunted and people who watch it seem to end up meeting their demise (does this sound familiar?)

So Shane, and his ex-girlfriend go on a nice bus ride to track down the "real life events" that the movie (the one in the movie) were based. (this part of the movie could easily have just been spliced from another Asian horror film; The Eye) Along the way lots of creepy jumpy out girlie monsters try to attack him and there are lots of those creepy noises that everyone is always so keen to go and investigate. I know, I sound a little jaded here. To be honest the film does have a few decent pieces of plot and the occasional worthy scare, but by the end you realize that it doesn't really make sense. It is written and directed by Sopon Sukdapisit, who is best known for writing Shutter and Alone and I get the feeling he wrote this as a treatment for an anti-piracy ad and the studio thought heck lets make it into a movie...that will show those pirates!

Still....I would like to have seen the ad.

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