The Real Star Of The Thai Horror 'The Promise' Is An Unfinished Skyscraper

When you're in Bangkok, visit Sathorn Unique Tower,

The Promise

Starring Namthip Jongrachatawiboon, Apichaya Thongkham 

Directed by Sophon Sakdaphisit

Bangkok, 1997. Teenage pals Boum and Ib, devastated by how the financial crisis has bankrupted their property-developer fathers, vow to kill themselves (tsk, tsk, tsk, rich kids.) But only Ib carries out the pact.

Flash forward to the present. Boum (Namthip Jongrachatawiboon) is a real-estate mogul and a single mother of a teenager, Bell (Apichaya Thongkham). But look out: Ib’s spiteful spirit wants Bell dead because she wants to punish Boum for reneging on her promise (some best friend she turns out to be…pfft.) 

The Promise is a straightforward, serviceable scare-fest made slightly more atmospheric — and interesting — by the fact this was partly filmed on location at Sathorn Unique Tower, an actual decrepit, unfinished 47-floored skyscraper abandoned during the ’97 economic downturn. The Thai authorities should seriously consider turning the creepy place into a theme park — they’ll make a killing. In Thai with English and Chinese subtitles. (**1/2)

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