THE GHOST OF MAE NAK
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Mae Nak is a ghost who has been dormant for 100 years, after wreaking havok on her local village. Unfortunately, a newlywed couple accidentally wake up this evil ghost, who begins to try and come between them.
Is it good movie?
To be honest, I feel like i've reviewed this movie already, and that's unfortunate. The Ghost of Mae Nak is apparently based upon a story that's been very popular in Thai culture, and has been told many, many times. And really, this one isn't much different from any other standard J-Horror flick.
The story is somewhat derivative, but original enough, I suppose. An evil spirit is inadvertently re-awakened by some well-meaning people, and now they are forced to deal with it. Of course, the ghost is blurry, tall, skinny, and has long black hair obscuring her face. What works in this flick is the acting. both Mak and Nak (I know) are played very well, and the love between the two of them comes off rather genuinely, and helps to anchor the story. I thought the ghost inserting herself into the couple's love life and haunting them while keeping others from harming them was a great concept, but not enough to really make the whole film stand out.
Another thing on the positive side of this one is that it's messy. If you're a gorehound, this one has over-the-top scenes reminiscent of the Final Destination series that you're going to love. Unfortunately though, the movie didn't instill any real fear or sense of foreboding danger, and was perhaps almost too gory for its own good. It left almost nothing to the imagination and didn't really provide any good scares, even though it was rather meaty. The idea plays more like a romantic ghost story, with some really nasty deaths, and the two don't mix so well, it almost seems like a clash of ideas to try to appeal to broader audiences.
There are elements of this film that work, and elements that don't, but overall, this flick was worth watching. It's a bit of a mish-mash, but it does differentiate itself just enough to make it worth your while.
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The acting anchors the Ghost of Mae Nak, and the gory deaths might keep you interested, but if you're a ‘kill-em and go’ type horror fan, you might want to stay away. If you're looking for an alternative to that with a fairly decent story, this Ghost might be up your alley.