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Phobia 2

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Phobia 2

(Haa Phrang)
Sponsored by: Scene

North american Premiere

  • Thailand 2009
  • 127 min
  • 35mm
  • Thai with English subtitles
Official Selection, Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2010



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Director: Paween Purijitpanya, Visute Poolvoralaks, Songyos Sugmakanan, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Banjong Pisanthanakun
Screenplay: Sopana Chaowwiwatkul, Chantavit Dhanasevi, Nitis Napichayasutin, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Paween Purikitpanya, Songyos Sugmakanan, Sopon Sukdapisit, Mez Tharatorn, Parkpoom Wongpoom
Cast: Jirayu La-ongmanee, Ray MacDonald, Nicole Theriault, Marsha Wattanapanich, Erika Toda
Producers: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Chenchonnee Soonthornsaratul, Suvimon Techasupinan, Pran Tadaweerawat, Vanridee Pongsittisak
Print Source: GMM Thai Hub



PHOBIA 2, whose Thai title, HAA PHRANG, translates literally to “five crossroads,” comes shrieking with five tales from five filmmakers that run the gamut of tones and styles, with stories taking place everywhere from a spectral jungle to an eerie, urban hospital room. It is, of course, a sequel to PHOBIA (or 4BIA), and like its award-winning predecessor, PHOBIA 2 is an atmospheric omnibus horror film showcasing some of the hottest talents of the Thai terror community.

Cult co-directing team Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisanthanakun (SHUTTER, ALONE) return, and, as they did in the first film, go solo to deliver a pair of individually helmed entries. Wongpoom’s “Salvage” takes place entirely within a car dealership, detailing the otherworldly comeuppance dealt to a saleswoman who habitually lies about the often terrible backgrounds of vehicles on her floor. Pisanthanakun’s “In the End” reunites the leads from his adored segment in the original PHOBIA for another hysterically self-deprecating stab at the Thai horror universe, his story this time unfolding on the set of a fictitious sequel to ALONE (“How can the words Alone and two appear together??”), plagued by a dead actress who is nonetheless determined to wrap her role. Paween (BODY) Purijitpanya’s entry, “Nov-ice,” is the mystical lamb of the lot, centered around a young delinquent guilty of manslaughter who finds himself tormented in a ghostly jungle temple. Songyos (DORM) Sugmakanan’s thrillingly chaotic “Backpackers” sees a hitchhiking Japanese couple (one half being DEATH NOTE’s Erika Toda) get picked up by a pair of truckers that no hitchhiking couple would ever want to be picked up by. Things spiral quite bloodily out of control in no time, and soon, the truckers are the least of the travelers’ worries! First-timer Visute Poolvoralaks’ “Ward” is an exercise in relentless creeping dread, set in a hospital room where a man with broken legs cowers in fear as he realizes that something is terrifyingly wrong with the comatose patient in the bed beside him.

An enormous blockbuster hit in its homeland, where it opened against TRANSFORMERS 2 and absolutely destroyed that film’s box office, PHOBIA 2 is only now starting to appear outside the Asian territories. In fact, our screenings will mark just the third time this film has been unspooled anywhere in the Western world. Get set for five hair-raising blasts of karma and cruelty.

—Mitch Davis

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