Liliana Marie Albert, Kriangsak Klaewkla, Thanadet
It's generally a rarity when I catch an Asian horror flick
from outside of Japan or Korea. Hailing from Thailand, The
Sisters is an odd flick that features some less than great
acting offset by a whole slew of horrific sequences. Shot
with a heavy use of dayglow colors, The Sisters continually
barrages the viewer, often showing them multiple visions of
the same location through the eyes of those there.
The film starts with a group of bandmates crashing in a hotel
room. During the evening, they pull a ventilation grate out
and one by one, look inside and run away from the room in
sheer terror. Inside the ventilation shaft is the crawling
body of a dead woman. Through the progress of the story, we
find out that the malevolent spirit is from a prostitute who
was murdered and decapitated in the hotel. As the tale goes,
anyone who sees this spirit will end up dead.
It doesn't take long before the friends start dying off,
but rather than dying at the hand of the spirit, they die
by suicidal means in reaction to what they see. Each one is
visually attacked, seeing monstrous spirits that no one else
sees until it's their turn to be the victim. After the first
few friends die, the survivors go in search of why this spirit
exists and how they can survive it. When they find a priest
who has dealt with the long survivor of this spirit, he puts
them on the trail of a means by which they can have the curse
From a production standpoint, The Sisters features
an odd style that I'm sure is indicative to Thai horror flicks.
The colors are bright and many of shots are oddly framed.
Some of the horror sequences are intense even without being
overt about it. While the direction and cinematography are
pretty good for such an obviously low-budget flick, the acting
is pretty subpar and melodramatic. Even worse, the English
dub is pretty bad, so if you prefer dub, you're going to have
to sit through some rough performances.
As with many Asian horror flicks, one can't help but see
a visual connection between the spirit here and ones seen
previously in Ringu and Ju-On. While this ghost
borrows some of the mannerisms from both films, it does shape
its own image with more of a Marilyn Manson-like style.
While not the greatest horror flick available from Asia,
The Sisters is a pretty good rental that can be both
creepy and entertaining. There is more than a few weird and
creepy moments. It's just too bad that the acting is so flawed,
as it keeps this feature from being a lot better.