I always find it interesting to see what are the local horror movies that are successful within their own country. Some horror movies might be international hits but have done poorly in their home country, sometimes it is the opposite.
With that said, let’s have a look at the Top 15 Highest Grossing Thai Horror Movies in Thailand (figures are in millions USD)
15 – Dorm (2006) – 1.2m$
As you can tell with my review I was not impressed by this movie about a haunted dormitory. It feels more like a drama than a pure scary movie.
14 – 3 A.M 3D (2012) – 1.2m$
13 – The House (2007) – 1.3m$
12 – Coming Soon (2008) – 1.3m$
Coming soon is a solid movie and you get what you are paying for , but a lack of originality prevents it to be a must-see.
11 – Art of the Devil 3 (2008) 1.4m$
10 – Haunting me (2007) – 1.5m$
Taew, Cartoon, Mot-dum and Songkram are four aging-yet-still-outrageous katoey (drag queens) who run a boarding house for boys in provincial Thailand. After helping to cover up the mysterious deaths of two local teens (obese ladyboy “Pancake” and a beautiful local girl named Num-Ning), the two spirits begin haunting the dormitory, forcing the “girls” to try all sorts of crazy schemes to get rid of the ghosts. Eventually, they realize that the only way to do this is to help one the ghosts to avenge their deaths
9 – See How They Run (Hor taew tak) (2006) – 1.6m$
8 – Oh My Ghosts (Hor taew tak 2) (2009) – 1.6m$
Three companions are frightened by a horrible ghost that haunts their dorm. Tired of running away, they summon a spirit to help them defeat the ghost. But things turn chaos when they can’t control and handle the situation which finally brings up a hilarious haunting story.
7 – Buppah Rahtree 2: Buppah Returns (2005) – 1.7m$
6 – Alone (2007) – 2m$
Alone is lacking originality and is therefore a slight disappointment, with that being said, I would still consider it a good entry in the Asian Horror Movies category and recommend fans of the genre to give it a chance.
5 – 4Bia (2008) – 2.4m$
An anthology with 4 stories. As usual with this type of movies there were hit and miss but I was definitively expecting a better effort from those directors. Still the segment “in the middle” should not be missed as this will lead to the best segment of Phobia 2 and the movie PeeMak Phrakanong.
4 – Shutter (2004) – 2.5m$
For many, including myself, this is the movie that put Thai Horror Movies on the map. Needless to say I strongly recommend Shutter to any fan of asian horror movies.
My Rating: 8/10
3 – Phobia 2 (2009) – 3.3m$
2 – Laddaland (2011) – 3.8m$
The title refers to a middle class subdivision in Chiang Mai, where a well-meaning man moves with his family to work for a drug supplement company. But soon this nice neighborhood will turn into a new hell.
On the plus side this ghost story is beautifully shot and the acting is top notch, especially from the main actress. The ending is fine as well and quite sad.
On the negative side, nothing is really original and the scares are really too classic to really surprise anybody.