A horrifying story of a shaman’s inheritance in the Isan region of Thailand. What could be possessing a family member might not be the Goddess they make it out to be.
Starring: Narilya Gulmongkolpech, Sawanee Utoomma, and Sirani Yankittikan
Directed by: Banjong Pisanthanakun
Written by: Cha-won Choi, Chantavit Dhanasevi, and Na Hong-jin
“The Medium” isn’t going to be able to help prepare you for the horror to come! The film starts off in a very documentary manner, as it introduces the audience to Nim (Sawanee Utoomma). She has inherited being the next shaman in their family. Nim spends the first part of the movie discussing their religion, and their beliefs. From there, it moves on to the family, and the other important players here.
There’s her sister Noi (Sirani Yankittikan), who couldn’t accept the position that Nim did as shaman. She brings along a husband, a baby, and most importantly a daughter Mink (Narilya Gulmongkolpech). Nim believes Mink might be the next one in the family to be a shaman, and channel the spirit of Ba Yan. No long after the documentary crew begins following Mink as well do strange things start to happen. Is it Ba Yan, or something else that has its eyes on Mink?
This movie is in no way going to be in a hurry to terrify the audience. If the audience didn’t know this was a horror movie, they wouldn’t know it until Mink dives into some crazy stuff. The beginning takes it nice and slow making sure the audience got all the background it needs. Even as Mink starts acting strange they try to play it off to her just being young and rebellious. It’s not until others feel in danger that the family starts taking it serious. Nim vows to save her, but she might not even be able to do so. All while not breaking pace, and sprinkling in more and more frightening moments with Mink.
And then like being on an elevator that suddenly drops, this film is going to drop the audience into hell! The stakes rise when the baby disappears, and fears from the family and the audience run wild. An exorcism is needed to save Mink, but this one goes oh so wrong. No one will be safe from this evil. Not even the cameramen will be able to hide behind their cameras. It’s bloody, brutal, and creepy as hell!
Watching the first few minutes of “The Medium” never gave me a clue at the horrors to come. It really felt like a true documentary, and almost was a turn off with all the religious talk. It’s also easy to get lost in all the subtitles because this one is spoken in Thai. However, it’s well worth combing through that set up to get to the scary good stuff. Being the possessed is never an easy job, but Narilya has several moments where she truly brings out the the evil in Mink. The ending certainly turns this film up-side-down in a way no one will come back from. With that, I give it 4 pools of blood!