by Banjong Pisanthanakun, Paween Purikitpanya, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Parkpoom Wongpoom. Thailand, 2008, 111', it. v.
PHOBIA is a portmanteau horror flick consisting of 4 horror stories directed by 4 of Thailand's most talented directors. The first, directed by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon is titled "Happiness" but don't let the title of the movie mislead you. "Tit For Tat" directed by Paween Purijitpanya (Body) gives a mystically dark and gruesome twist to the meaning of "an Eye for an Eye". Then there is "In The Middle" directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter and Alone) and his teenage tale that totally walks off the Buddhist beaten path and on to a horrifyingly humorous escapade that may leave you laughing more than 'shuttering', excuse the pun. Finally "Last Fright" directed by Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter, Alone) is a psychological thriller that reminds all of us of the old adage "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" except if you are the 'other' woman on the receiving end.