Ha phraeng (2009, aka: Phobia 2)

Ha phraeng (2009, aka: Phobia 2)

Ha phraeng (2009, aka: Phobia 2)

Phobia 2 (aka: Ha phraeng) is a Thai movie consisting of five short stories. I haven’t seen Phobia 1 (if there is one) so I wasn’t sure what I was getting in to.

UPDATE: review of Phobia is now here.

Phobia 2 starts with a short called Novice in which we see a teenager being dropped off at a monastery by his mother. All we know is that she’s (apparently!) doing this for his own good. I don’t want to spoil the story but this is definitely one scary short! The special effects are pretty good and there’s no happy ending here, I can tell you that much!

Next up is Ward, which is set in a hospital. A teenager is in a private room, but with another patient… one who is brain dead and on a life support machine. The kid gets a bit too nosy as to who he’s sharing the room with and… well, again I shant spoil it. While it was an OK story, this one was, to me, the weakest of the bunch.

Third story is Backpackers. Two teenagers are hitch hiking and get more than they bargained for when they find out what’s in the back of the truck that they’ve been riding in. This one has several good scares, good make up and it’s only let down was a bit of a weak ending. Still a good ‘un though.

Salvage comes fourth. This is about a woman car dealer who’s up to some shady business. While working late her son goes missing in the dealership and he is desperate to find him. This one started off a bit slow, but it’s got some great scares, great effects and a really good twist ending. Definitely the best of the bunch.

Yes indeed, that IS a young injured boy wrapped around a car tyre...

Yes indeed, that IS a young injured boy wrapped around a car tyre...

Last, but not least, is In The End which is about a movie shoot this is basically a rip-off of The Ring. Their ‘ghost’ actress is in white face paint with long black hair and has to crawl out of the darkness. This one started off really slow, and I was about to skip it when things picked up and from the middle onwards it’s really funny. It just keeps twisting and turning until the unfortunate cheap ending. This one is more humour than horror. Give it a chance, you’ll love it.

If I had to rate them in order of best to last, I’d say:

  1. Salvage
  2. Backpackers
  3. Novice
  4. In The End
  5. Ward

I’ll definitely need to try and find Phobia 1 to see if it’s as good as Phobia 2.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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