Dorm (Dek Hor) Review

Founder and Editor; Toronto, Canada (@AnarchistTodd)
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Big thanks to Mark Hodgson - known in our forums and comments areas as Pygar - for his excellent review of Dorm, a film I've been itching to see since the first images hit the web ...

Dorm is likely to get caught up in the latest wave of Asian horror films from Thailand. But it's not a horror film, so much as a ghost story. Despite the young cast, it's certainly not childish - it has an uncomfortably dark side, reminiscent of Stand By Me, that makes it unsuitable for a younger audience. Anyhow, while I can't quite categorise it, I can say that it's the best Thai film that I've seen so far.

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LolaApril 20, 2006 1:03 AM

Where could I find this trailer? I tried navigating the website, but either I didn't see the "translate to English" button or it doesn't have one.

SirandApril 20, 2006 7:04 AM

"But it's not a horror film, so much as a ghost story."

What the bleeding hell does that mean?

EggApril 20, 2006 6:08 PM


Probably something along the lines of "The Devil's Backbone" I would assume.

soulminingApril 20, 2006 10:08 PM

I'd describe it as a coming-of-age drama which just happens to have a ghost as one of the central characters.

I was at the BKKIFF screening and Q&A with the director afterwards, and there was a lot of discussion as to the way the film had been marketed - the trailer which had been playing heavily really suggested a straightforward scarefest, which Dorm isn't. I don't think the director was overly concerned... he seemed confident enough in the quality of his film (and it is a good movie) that people would enjoy it regardless of their expectations.

Mark HodgsonApril 20, 2006 10:15 PM

Look here in the Twitch archives for all the links for the trailers and teasers - check out the bottom of this Twitch news article . . .

Dorm Trailers link

. . . In reply to Sirand: obviously, I had problems categorising the movie. What I meant was that some ghost stories aren't horror - like CASPER or BEETLEJUICE for example. This is a ghost story that starts off with the appearance of a horror movie, but settles down into a supernatural drama.

Todd himself commented that the trailers make DORM look like THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE - so I didn't repeat that observation - but the films share superficial themes only - there's no gore or 'grit' in DORM that would restrict it to such an adult audience.

Tuan JimApril 20, 2006 11:30 PM

Both the original trailer (on Twitch a few months back) and now this review do sound an awful lot like "Devil's Backbone" -- even down to the dares and swimming pool bit.

As for the anthem, I recall that in the Philippines as well when i was there for school -- I think then it was only for the first performance of the day though.

Seah Yien BengJune 24, 2006 8:27 AM

This is certainly not the usual ghost movie you are expecting, more of a movie about friendship and redemption. to put it simply, this film calls to mind great films like MYGIRL(FAN CHAN) THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE and frankly speaking, it is one of the bestthai films i have seen in years.

YKJuly 24, 2006 4:04 AM

May I know what is the actual name of Chatree (Chalee Trairat) dream girl in the movie. The Band Major in red colour uniform. Thanks....

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