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บ้านผีปอบ
บ้านผีปอบ

Year: 1989

Thai title: บ้านผีปอบ
English title:

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor: Ekapan Banleurit,Tongchai Prasongsanti
Main actress: Trirak Rakkarndee

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A "Phi Pop" (ผีปอบ) is an evil spirit believed to possess a person to eat his intestine while also forcing him to seek and consume raw animal organs and meat at night-time. A birth happens in a village. Umbilical cord needs to be buried as "Phi Pop" ghost loves such fresh bloody food. The man, who was supposed to perform this task, is found dead. Villagers suspect a "Phi Pop" is responsible of the murder and they believe a "Phi Pop" is living inside the body of an old grandmother. The grandmother, called Thongkam (ทองคำ), is cured and helped by a young woman called Pla Pleung. Some medical students drop by villages and provide free caring for villagers. Khun Ret is the chief doctor. One night, while camping, they are attacked by the grandmother "Phi Pop". They are saved by Pla Pleung. The village head brings a sorcerer (หมอผี) to exorcise the grandmother. He hits her with a stick. Confrontation between the sorcerer and docter Ret happens. The sorcerer retreats. The same night the sorcerer is killed by the "Phi Pop". The village head's daughter has strong interest into doctor Ret and is jealous regarding other women being close to him, i.e. Pla Pleung and Ret's assistant. A hunter arrives in the village to get rid of "Phi Pop". Things get out of control as the villagers don't listen to doctor Ret anymore. Pla Pleung and the grandmother has to flee. The village head's daughter kills Ret's assistant as no ladies shall be between her and doctor Ret. The grandmother sees this and transfers her saliva to the village head's daughter, who now becomes a "Phi Pop". The grandmother dies but a new "Phi Pop" is now in the village and nobody knows it yet... This first opus includes a small budget (400 000 Baht), a mix of light horror, comedy and tint of erotism. The movie was shot in 7 days. Characters are similar to traditional theatre "Like" (ลิเก), i.e. the leading actor (พระเอก), the leading actress (นางเอก), the jealous girl (นางเอก), the funny and hilarious friends (ตัวตลก). There are always comic pursuits between ghost and actors in accelerated motion. This horror movie is dedicated for countryside spectators with a story happening in rural village. Bangkokian people are seen as outsiders and are not trust. They are well known to have seduce girls then dropped them. Pla Pleung had some concerns on doctor Ret. "Baan Phi Pop 1" was even shot in 16mm format so reduce the costs. Dubbing was done later in studio.

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