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Ladda Land (Sukdapisit, 2011) Thai horror movie about a haunted neighborhood

No IMDB page, but it's by http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1637163/.


Saw this movie over the weekend. It starts off with promise, crafted as a pretty good haunted-house story affecting a Thai family of four that just moved into a new suburb. Halfway through, it starts popping off the rails every few minutes until the final third, where it becomes entirely insane (due entirely to how stupidly it adheres or eschews certain conventions).

Here's a non-exhaustive list of examples, slight spoilers:
The protagonist (father) murders a neighbor's cat who was not in any way causing harm to anyone
When searching for his toddler son, who is in a house with ghosts, the protagonist decides to bring along a gun and uses it as you may a flashlight in a dark room
The father fantasizes about killing his wife and turning her into a ghost, before stealing money from his children

And here are full-on spoilers:

The father eventually does wound his son and decides to shoot himself in the head, leaving his wife and two kids on their own
The wife, trying to comfort her daughter, says that when she was pregnant with her, she wanted to get an abortion
The film ends with a golden-hued montage of the father's good deeds (almost none which happen in the film itself), ineffectively trying to change your mind about a character you hate

The jump scares are there, as is soundtrack bombast that would make John Williams seem subtle and nuanced.

Should've seen The Whistleblower instead.

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