Right on the edge of the peripheral I found a message board that presents a forum for New Thai Horror films. This is a space for anyone to discuss specifically new Thai horror films they’ve seen or hope to see soon. The contribution from users of the site is varied, some go into detail about the film and the people involved in making it, others give a quick synopsis of a film they recommend. The forum is located on an online magazine called Fortean Times – originally an English magazine started in the 70’s. This may not seem like a very a peripherally popular additive to the internet, however, I think the specificity of the topic counts towards limiting the chance of it gaining popularity. Then again, my searching skills may be at fault so if you know of a better place to find organised commentary on only Thai horror movies, please let me know.
After reading a few I chose to have a look at ‘Necromancer’ – a Thai Action Horror Thriller, I see a pattern developing here, (cont’d from last week’s post featuring Horror Comedy) it seems that I have an attraction to Horror when it is mixed with another genre, I think this is because Asian cinema sees Horror as more malleable for incorporating other genres than I expected Horror to be.
‘Necromancer’ felt to me like watching something very cool and tough, like I was hanging out with a film that was a rock ‘n’ roll star, not much dialogue was included but it seemed better for it. The action scenes were intriguing, there was an intelligent use of framing around the characters, and just as much attention paid to the editing. My interpretation about how the Thai culture was presented in the film was of one I would like to get to know more about. How the body was used in spiritual rituals and the movements that the camera picked up on made me think that a higher regard for the mysterious nature of the body may be given in Thailand than I am use to in my own culture. I will be investigating this further to test it.
Looking further for something that is perhaps more association with community development on the internet than the fortean website, I found the House of Horrors website. This website is dedicated to informing people about Horror movies, it started in 1997 and the vibrant armature tone of it highlights how its curators have continuously added subjects and categories to facilitate any Horror movie watching experience, by primarily doing so through suggestions from users received over time. The message board has also been made into a fairly active place for people to connect and find niche Horror movies – encouraging their knowledge to be expanded upon and shared.