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The Promise

Opening Date
16 Nov 2017
PG13 Horror
114 mins
Thai - subtitles to be advised
Sophon Sakdaphisit
Numthip Jongrachatawiboon, Apichaya Thongkham, Thunyaphat Pattarateerachaicharoen, Panisara Rikulsurakan
In 1997, the financial crash, known in Thailand as the Tom Yum Goong Crisis, was a disastrous event that crept over Asia and left millionaires bankrupt overnight.

A bright future which two best friends, Boum and Ib, pictured together fell apart when they found out that their families were going bankrupt. All of their assets were seized to satisfy their debts. The construction of a premium luxury condominium, which their parents jointly invested in, had been suspended. Unable to accept the harsh truth, they decided to end their lives together at the unfinished tower, where they promised to be together forever. In the end, Ib died all alone.
Twenty years later, Boum (Numthip Jongrachatawiboon) becomes a successful real estate entrepreneur. One day, she gets to visit the abandoned tower with her beloved daughter, Bell (Apichaya Thongkham). That night, however, Boum wakes up and finds Bell sleepwalking and talking to herself in the dark. Bell’s sleepwalking condition continues to worsen every night. What concerns Boum the most is that Bell’s action and words in her sleepwalking state frighteningly remind Boum of Ib.
What measures will Boum take to release herself from the promise that binds her? “Promise me you won’t leave me.”
By Jason Ong  25 Oct 2017
For a Thai horror film, it delivers.
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There are promises and there are promises. Keeping them honours the opposite parties. What if the cost of the promise is a life? Making promises when one’s young and reckless is bad enough, but when it comes collecting 2 decades later, the protagonist’s resolve is tested. 

The protagonist, a mother of teenage daughter, had to confront her past and shame to protect herself and daughter. How could she do that, if the malicious spirit makes friends with her daughter? The frustration and anguish of a distraught mother is well portrayed by the actress. Her efforts to discover the hidden horrors and face the haunt directly was nerve wrecking. And her journey through the storm and the aftermath in rebuilding her life, showed the character’s level of strength that few can match. 

For a Thai horror film, it delivers. It could be the fact that supernatural is nearly a normal in Thailand, people accepting how spirits interact with their lives. If you are a 90’s lover, remember the throwbacks from gameboys to cassette tapes, coin operated payphones to pagers? The movie captures many nostalgic icons of the bygone days, including the theatre release of Wes Craven’s classic, Scream. Even the building that’s under construction, was nice and clean from the drone camera capture. It became all dark and spooky after 20 years, complete with grime, graffiti and overgrown shrubs. See if you can spot as many easter eggs as possible. I wonder where they manage to the props for all the 90s scene... 

And if those throwbacks were not enough, current day technology is used just as well to tell the story and spook the viewers. After watching this show, you might get the creeps when using your mobile phone camera. If you do, then the director has done his job well (snickers). As with most good horror flicks, audio timing was excellent. Not just for the suspense scenes, it was well carried out for the story scenes. Now to find the OST. 
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