According to Thai filmmaker Parkpoom Wongpoom, Halloween isn’t a big deal in his country. “It isn’t popular,” says the 41-year-old Bangkok native who made his name in horror, including his 2004 phantasm-in-the-photo debut Shutter (which he co-helmed with Banjong Pisanthanakun).
“It’s only celebrated in pubs and bars.” So how does he satisfy his lust for the macabre? His friend and fellow scare-merchant Gunn Purijitpanya (Body, 4bia), also 41, would make their way to our island for the annual fright fiesta Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore.
“We’ve been here every year since the second edition in 2012,” Parkpoom tells 8 DAYS. And this year, the duo are back without fail for their terror pilgrimage — except this time one of the haunted house attractions is created by them. Called Curse of the Naga, the maze sees thrill-seekers trapped in an abandoned village with the eponymous malevolent serpentine spectre.
Says Gunn: “We thought long and hard about how we can portray Thailand’s culture and horror narratives to Southeast Asia and the world, and eventually drew inspiration from the Naga which is known not only in Thailand but in other parts of Asia.”
Here, we ask the directors to pick their favourite HHN attractions this year, and because it’s the 15th anniversary of Shutter, we also get Parkpoom to share his memories of making that classic shocker.