Thai title: เซียนล่าปอบ
"BAAN PHI POP" (บ้านผีปอบ) movies serie had a huge popularity and has generated even worst movies trying to surf on a similar business wave. This low budget movie mixes horror, comedy and Hong Kong action style fight. Unknown actors are featured. Such B grade movies are often short films around 1h15mn and take place in countryside village. The soundtrack is using popular foreign songs. Tawan is a young man, disciple of a Chinese master (อาจารย์). The Chinese master is in quarrel with another master called Dang. They were also disciplines before but Dang turned to dark side. Tawan is in love with Chantra, young lady owner of a noodle shop. Four ruffians are digging in the Chinese cemetery to get bones to make magic filter. They aggress Chantra. Two Chinese ghosts help Chantra. In fact Tawan was disguised to spy for people stealing bones in the Chinese cemetery. Master Dang decides to use a strong demon (ปีศาจ) to defeat the Chinese master. He needs virgin blood (สาวบริสุทธิ์) to make his demon invulnerable. He has Chantra in mind. The demon (ผีดิบ) kills Dang and captures Chantra. Tawan follows the demon and succeeds to defeat it to free Chantra. Some parts are censored. They are at least cut in the VCD version. There is a guess that some luring parts have been removed. Some sequences are precursory of Ong Bak (องค์บาก) movie as action scenes are repeated two times through different angles and timing to show the action skills. Panna Rittikrai (พันนา ฤทธิไกร), stunt choreography, has been well-known to play and direct similar movies. Such B-grade action and horror movies were popular from the mid-1980s to 1997. They were popular among taxi drivers, spicy papaya salad (ส้มตำ) vendors, security guards and Isan coolies. Folk people in the far-out provinces enjoyed watching such low-budget outdoor movies. Such B grade movies received only limited releases in small provincial theatres. They have been recently resurrected by Lepso Studio in the form of 39-baht VCDs. Many of those movies are bad, made to gain just enough money to invest in the next movie!
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