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The object of some controversy as the first Thai movie directed by a Westerner, Paul Spurrier's horror tale about a young bar girl who channels dark spirits is altogether more generic, gorier, and sleazier than the Pang brothers' Bangkok-based chillers, but it hooks neatly into the Asian fascination with nubile young women as portals to the vengeful, primal forces of nature. The first half focuses on the psychology of its Khmer heroine and her slow indoctrination into the infamous glitzy squalor of Thailand's bar scene. The supernatural elements enter slowly, as she calls on paranormal forces to improve her exotic pole dancing and better please her Eurotrash customers. Her murderous impulses soon peak, and the film descends precipitously into a run-of-the-mill gorefest. In Thai with subtitles. 109 min.

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