Director: Paween Purijitpanya
Screenwriter: Vasudhorn Piyaromna, Paween Purijitpanya
Starring: Thanapob Leeratanakachorn, Paris Intarakomalyasut, Nuttanicha Dungwattanawanich
Genre: Horror, Drama
Runtime: 117 Minutes
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
After seeing a real “ghost” together for the first time, Gla and Wee, a doctor duo gets wrapped up in seeking “the afterlife world” and cannot turn their backs on it. Being obsessed with ghosts since childhood, the sighting confirms Gla’s beliefs that they are not some infatuated illusion. However, Wee has never believed in anything related to the unknown, only believing in things that are scientifically proven. This occurrence immediately makes him question his beliefs. The two team up for a project called the “Northern Lights Quest” hunting down spirits to be “participants” for their study. – From IMDB
Ghost Lab is marketed as a horror, but for the most part, I think the horror elements of the plot take a backseat to everything else that is going on. It is more a drama about obsession and the relationship between our two main characters, that happens to have some supernatural elements thrown in. That isn’t a criticism though. For the most part the scary, creepy aspects of the film were done really well and didn’t just rely on the classic jump scares. Especially early on in the film, the building of tension and suspense is great. It’s a shame that it kind of looses it’s way towards the end.
The two leads, Thanapob Leeratanakachorn, Paris Intarakomalyasut are great together and are the main driving force behind the film, with there being very few other characters given enough screen time, or story to really make a difference to the film. Their on screen chemistry is great and their interesting and dynamic personalities really help to keep you invested int their stories. Thanapob Leeratanakachorn in particular who plays Wee, the more sceptic of the two, gives a great performance and for me is the stand out star of the film.
My main issues were with the pacing and the execution of the ending of the film. This isn’t a fast paced film, it takes a really long time to build up it’s tension and to get to the fast paced, action filled final act. Not only does it take about thirty minutes too long to get to the finale, but the whole thing feels a little chaotic and melodramatic. And then, once the real pulse pounding part has been and gone, the last 10 to 25 minutes of the film are a slog to get through as it grinds to a screeching halt.
If you bare with the beginning portion of the film, you will be fairly entertained for the majority of the film and rewarded with some great acting and some creepy moments. Just don’t judge the film by it’s ending.
‘Ghost Lab’ is streaming on Netflix Now!