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The Victim

DVD Review: The Victim / Cert: 15 / Director: Monthon Arayangkoon / Writers: Monthon Arayangkoon, Shi-Geng Jian, Sompope Vejchapipat / Starring: Pitchanart Sakakorn,  Apasiri Nitibhon,  Penpak Sirikul, Kiradej Ketakinta / Release Date: August 6th

Once more we venture into Asian ghost territory, this time with a neat little meta-twist that makes The Victim stand out from the rest.

Budding actress Ting (Sakakorn) is hired by the Thai police to play the role of  the murder victim in Crimewatch style re-enactments of crime scenes, only with the accused playing themselves, under the scrutiny of  the whole media. She is a little too good at this though, as she begins to be haunted by the ghosts of the victims she is portraying when she is tasked with playing Meen (Nitibhon), a former Miss Thailand whose boyfriend has confessed to her murder. He is innocent, however, and Meen's spirit reaches out to Ting in an effort to lead her in the direction of the real culprit.

So far, so good. There's plenty of jump shocks and the usual creepy imagery we have come to expect from our Eastern horrors. At around the half way mark of the film, though, there is a big shift and the film takes a completely different, but still spooky, path. I won't spoil it, but this turn of events is both successful yet also a tad cumbersome. While it is an interesting twist, and it works for the most part, it doesn't quite pan out as smoothly as it should, which leaves the ending a little bit of a mess, but not to the extent of completely ruining everything that precedes it. The practical effects are brilliant, and there are some genuine eerie and downright scary moments, including one which had me rewinding to see if I really saw what I thought I had. When it is not referenced, I really did begin to doubt myself. However, there are many little moments such as that. Some incredibly subtle, some standard jump scares. It's only when the film begins to overdo the CGI that the effects jar.

The big question really is why the film has not had UK distribution before now, having been made in 2006.

Well worth a look, and make sure you watch the end credits, where there may well be some real apparitions caught on camera!

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