Ladda Land (2011) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Sophon Sakdaphisit
Writers: Sopana Chaowwiwatkul, Sophon Sakdaphisit
Producers: Paiboon Damrongchaitham, Boosaba Daorueng, Jina Osothsilp, et. al.
Date Released: April 28, 2011
Cast: List Actors and role they play
Saharat Sangkapreecha as Thee
Piyathida Woramusik as Parn
Sutatta Udomsilp as Nan
Athipich Chutiwatkajornchai as Nat
Deuntem Salitul as Parn’s Mother (as Duentem Salitul)
Sahajak Boonthanakit as Somkiat
Chayanisa Micheli as Nit (Somkiat’s Wife)
Rating = 2.5 /5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The film opens with a family of four who moves to a new house. Ladda Land (2011) is the name of the community where this family moved into. The father of the family transferred his family from Bangkok where he thought this would be a “safe” place. Then one day, a mutilated body of a young girl is discovered in one of the houses in the neighborhood. Soon after that incident, weird things start to happen.
The film has very minimal blood and gore. There are a few disturbing scenes like a girl’s dead body stuffed in a refrigerator apparently beaten to death and her face disfigured by acid. There are quite a few body counts and most of them surrounded by a pool of blood. The movie ended with a man shooting himself to death and falls with pool of blood around him.
The Grave Review
Ladda Land (2011) is a Thai horror film and is said to be an actual condo situated in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which is believed to be haunted. The film involved a young family who encounters supernatural events shortly after moving into their new house.
The main characters are Thee (Saharat Sangkapreecha), his wife Parn (Piyathida Woramusik), his teenage daughter, Nan (Sutatta Udomsilp), and son, Nat (Athipich Chutiwatkajornchai). His wife who is a stay-at-home wife is not happy about the move because it means paying a higher mortgage. Thee, on the other, hand, is hoping that the move will help with his financial problem for the company he works for. At the same time, he was hoping that he can develop closer relationship with his daughter who spent most of her life living with her maternal grandmother.
When the family settled in, the new neighborhood appears to be quiet and normal at first. But as days went by, Thee (played by Saharat Sangkapreecha) and his family observe violence committed by people for little or no reason. They observed that almost all of their neighbors are violent in one way or another. To add to this, Nan begins experiencing paranormal happening. However, her father does not believe her and eventually sends her to boarding school.
The story of Ladda Land is a typical paranormal horror film. But, taking a closer look at the film from a conceptual standpoint, Ladda Land is about a family that wants to escape the pressures and struggle of a stressful living environment. They do so by moving into an area they believe to be quieter and overall a better quality of life. The plot is sound but the pace of the film felt a little sluggish at times.
In respect to the performance, every actor and actress did a good job. Specifically, the daughter (played by Sutatta Udomsilp) performed exceptionally well and showed the impact of the move and new environment in a methodical way. One negative was that several of the scenes were shot with dark light exposure and sometimes took away from the impact of the other good qualities that the film portrayed.
Overall, the movie is able to sustain the interest of the viewers. There are some jump scares and very minimal use of CGI. These qualities are able to make Ladda Land an entertaining film but may be forgettable to some.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Ladda Land (2011) two and a half graves out of five graves.
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