Subtitle: English, Malay, Chinese
Genre: Horror, comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Director: Chotiphun Nithiwuchara
Cast: Bongkot Kongmalai, Chumporn Theppitak, Rangsiroj Panpeng
Synopsis: The story of Mae Nak Phrakhanong, a figure of horror and despair from one of Thailand’s most enduring ghost legends, has been told through movie for decades. Now Mae Nak will appear in a very different way this time in 3D experience. Nak, a heavily pregnant woman, dies with her stillborn child while her husband, Mak, is away at war. When Mak returns, he doesn’t know that his family is dead and continues to live with Nak unaware that she is actually a ghost” (Rainfilm Sdn Bhd).
Verdict: What a complete mess. It fails as a retelling of the ghost legend – the storyline does not follow the original tale and has no development for the romance between Mak and Nak. It fails as a horror film – it made me laugh at almost every scene. It fails as a 3D film and it fails to be a watchable Thai movie. Mae Nak 3D can make Malaysian movies look very good indeed. Terrible acting, special effects, script and editing. There are also scenes that were poorly filmed as though the camera malfunctioned. The production must have had very little budget, right? If the Mae Nak ghost really exists, I hope she comes back to haunt the makers of this adaptation.
Second opinions: Read the reviews by fellow bloggers BenjaminFoo.com or KianFai87.blogspot.com.
Malaysian censorship: Very heavily censored as though there’s any need to. The original cut of the film itself is confusing enough and with all the cuts, it just makes it even more unwatchable than it already is.
To watch in 3D? Don’t watch the movie at all. Even girls will laugh at its embarrassment.
Bad poster: It looks like a woman who doesn’t know how to use makeup.
Rating: 0 / 5
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Worst plothole: This movie is so flawed that even I can’t remember all of its glory. But the most significant one has to be the flaw that affects the storyline the most. Pleung, a character who envies Mak and is in love with his wife, Nak, approaches a completely incompetent black magic old man to acquire help to gain Nak’s love. The old man says that he needs a “Diamond Finger” (basically a finger cutoff from an unborn child) as an ingredient for the spell to get Nak to love Pleung. Nak dies while attempting to give birth to her baby. Pleung and the old man, with no reason at all, go to her grave, pulls out the unborn child from her womb, cuts off the baby’s finger, bites the finger and barbeques the baby right in front of Nak, who has just returned from the dead. What is the point of all that? Nak gets really angry but disappears instead taking her revenge on these people. She only decides to hunt and punish them at the end of the movie. What the fuck? Tell me it’s not a mess.
Worst special effects: The baby in the scene where it is pulled out of Nak’s womb looks like a cheap baby doll purchased at bootleg stall. The baby doll is also too big to be an unborn child. I don’t even wanna start with the CG effects of the moving baby and the decapitated head.
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Special thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation to the screening of the film.