Krasue, a ghost in Thai folklore, has been featured in several Thai horror films, such as Demonic Beauty (2002), Krasue Valentine (2006) and Inhuman Kiss (2019).[1][2]

Thai horror refers to horror films produced in the Thai film industry. Thai folklore and beliefs in ghosts have influenced its horror cinema.[3] Horror is among the most popular genres in Thai cinema, and its output has attracted recognition internationally.[4][5][6] Pee Mak, a 2013 comedy horror film, is the most commercially successful Thai film of all time.


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Nang Nak (1999) has been described as a key part of "Thai New Wave".[7] Shutter (2004) was critically acclaimed and commercially successful locally and internationally.[8][9] Shutter was successful in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Brazil, and was remade in the United States and in India.[7] Pee Mak (2013), a comedy horror, became the highest-grossing Thai film of all time upon its release.[10] The Medium (2021), a Thai-South Korean co-production, was awarded Best Film at the 25th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival[11] and was the Thai submission for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in its year of release, but was not nominated.

Notable films

Notable directors

See also


  1. ^ Scott, Mathew (2019-09-29). "Oscars: Thailand Selects 'Inhuman Kiss' for International Feature Film Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  2. ^ "Fierce and pitiful". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  3. ^ Ancuta, Katarzyna (2015-11-01). Ghost skins: Globalising the supernatural in contemporary Thai horror film. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-1-5261-0297-3.
  4. ^ Ancuta, Katarzyna (2011-06-01). "Global spectrologies: Contemporary Thai horror films and the globalization of the supernatural". Horror Studies. 2 (1): 131–144. doi:10.1386/host.2.1.131_1.
  5. ^ "15 Best Thai Horror Movies". ScreenRant. 2020-03-17. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  6. ^ Ainslie, Mary J. (2016), Siddique, Sophia; Raphael, Raphael (eds.), "Towards a Southeast Asian Model of Horror: Thai Horror Cinema in Malaysia, Urbanization, and Cultural Proximity", Transnational Horror Cinema: Bodies of Excess and the Global Grotesque, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 179–203, doi:10.1057/978-1-137-58417-5_9, ISBN 978-1-137-58417-5, retrieved 2021-12-23
  7. ^ a b Richards, Andy (2010-10-21). Asian Horror. Oldcastle Books. ISBN 978-1-84243-408-6.
  8. ^ Ainslie, Mary (2011-03-01). "Contemporary Thai Horror: The Horrific Incarnation of Shutter". Asian Cinema. 22 (1): 45–57. doi:10.1386/ac.22.1.45_1.
  9. ^ "13 scariest Thai horror movies you need to watch". Time Out Bangkok. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  10. ^ "Give it up for the ghost". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  11. ^ 기자, 김지은. "4단계 속 부천영화제 폐막…장편 작품상에 '랑종'". (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-12-23.