Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Film Review: The Screen at Kamchanod (2007)

The Screen at Kamchanod (Review)
Thailand/2007
Netflx Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

Four movie screeners began screening a film in the forest of Kamchanod. The audience was nonexistent, until people started mysteriously appearing from the forest... then, the people mysteriously vanished. Did they screen a film to an audience of ghosts?

Dr. Yuth and his colleagues begin researching the event. The group eventually plan on recreating the event to conjure similar results. Through exhaustive investigation, the group find the film that was screened. They watch the film in an abandoned theater and feel an eerie presence within the auditorium. The group begin to experience supernatural occurrences and are haunted by ghostly figures and visions. The only way to stop it may be to recreate the event in the Kamchanod forest.

The story in this film is confusing. It starts off abruptly and doesn't bother to explain much. However, the film manages to deliver the frights as it blends effective jump scares, dreadful suspense, and haunting imagery. I really enjoyed the strong horror presence in the film, especially the imagery - it was often very chilling! The scares become very consistent during the second act - a bit too consistent as it is literally filled with scare after scare, with little story or character development. The film ends ambiguously. From what I understand: it is a chilling ending. (but, remember, I may be wrong as the story was confusing.)

The acting was good. The performances were believable, although they were often bland and underwhelming. Despite the interesting story concept, the storytelling is flawed and hurts the overall effectiveness of the film; I asked too many questions I shouldn’t have to ask. The scares are consistent and versatile - I really like that. The music was also eerie at times, and really worked with the theme and setting of the film.

Overall, The Screen at Kamchanod is a scary film that lacks story. It consistently tries to scare in many ways, and it's mostly effective, but the story is lacking and confusing; if you could careless for the story, then you'll likely find enjoyment in the barrage of scares this film throws at the audience. I recommend a purchase for fans of the genre, a rental otherwise.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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