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Monday, January 16, 2012

Spirited Killer

Note: Tony Jaa is not the star of this movie.
Spirited Killer (1994)
Written by Neung
Directed by Towatchai Ladloy, Panna Rittikrai
Starring  Panna Rittikrai. Tony Jaa (but not at all)

A corrupt doctor bamboozles a bunch of villagers into believing that can grant them immortality through a pretty elaborate ritual.  But he was lying in the Ben Kenobi way; as the immortality comes in the form of their life force making him immortal and invulnerable.  One dude tries to run him out of town, and all is quiet for five years, after which time this guy stays in the same place and starts killing people. 

The above is little more than an excuse to frame some vaguely interesting martial arts exhibitions.

I've decided that this movie is a direct homage to Friday 13thIt has most of the same elements, including the stupid tourists and the nonsensical relentlessness of the central villain.  It's interesting to me, because it succeeds equally (yet entirely differently) in not making any fucking sense at all.  There are also, because it's a Thai movie about kids, some really dumb subplots around a couple of women.  I fast-forwarded through those, because I don't need to see people pantomiming dogs panting, etc, with ridiculous sound effects too boot.  Similarly, there was an idiotic musical performance right around the halfway mark.

Maybe the film's lesson is that immortality is bad because it always backfires:  The patsies in the beginning essentially die immediately, and then the "doctor" is tied to the village and its surrounding few miles.  Who cares?

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