How to Watch a Thai Ghost Movie
November 1, 2018 3:11 PM Subscribe
Imagine watching the Exorcist without any understanding of Satan or Catholic rites.
In Western horror, the vulnerable characters—the virginal women in slashers or children in paranormal flicks—are often in the wrong place at the wrong time. But Thai horror movies are often driven by an idea of karmic justice: you reap what you sow, and the consequences of your intentions (Sanskrit, cetana) can unleash paranormal punishments. Novice explicitly introduces these Buddhist themes, which the remaining four films explore further.A review in Tricycle magazine of the Thai horror movie Novice, which is part of the five-part Phobia 2 series of films (currently available on Netflix).
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