Ghost skins
Globalising the supernatural in contemporary Thai horror film
in Globalgothic
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Horror is one of the major forms in which the gothic was manifested in the twentieth century and can be found in virtually every cinema of the world. This chapter discusses the effects of globalisation on the changing cinematic representation of the central local figure of fear, the spirit of the violently dead, or phii tai hong. It examines the potential of contemporary Thai horror film to redefine its supernatural characters as 'global ghosts'. The primary example is Sophon Sukdapisit's debut feature Coming Soon released in Thailand in 2008. With its Chinese-box narrative structure, Coming Soon relies heavily on the repetition and reproduction of genre elements, such as settings, characters or iconography. It succeeds in creating a simultaneously local and global figure of horror. It is at the same time an example of a local Thai horror production and a case in point to support the call for globalgothic horror.

Editor: Glennis Byron


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