Thai Film ‘CRACKED’ is Missed Opportunity – Review

Ah, horror tropes. Used in the right way, they make horror movies better. But with the very notable exception of Cabin in the Woods, less is always better. I am a HUGE fan of Asian Horror films, so I jumped at the chance to review Cracked, the horror film by director Surapong Ploensang. Unfortunately, this film was long on style, but short on everything else.

Cracked

Cracked Synopsis

Ruja inherits a painting from her deceased father and hires art restorer Tim to repair it, but they don’t know that this invaluable art comes with invaluable horror.

Ok, I am going to start with the pros:

  • The film looks amazing. The cinematography is top-notch. They really captured the rainy, foggy, spooky countryside. This is everything you want in a horror story setting.
  • The cast is great. As a film with only a few characters, the actors did a good job with what they were given.

Now the cons, or in this case, the overused tropes.

Let’s list them off:

  • Heartwarming background story – Our heroine, Ruja (Chayanit Chansangavej – Wolf), is trying to save enough money so her child, Rachael (Nutthatcha Padovan – Innocent Lies), can get an operation to save her vision.
  • Cursed object – Ruja inherits two paintings (not one), but she has to go to a spooky house in the middle of the country to claim them. On a side note, my god, they are UGLY. So for pictures worth a fortune, they look a lot like the art you see hanging in the rooms of a Motel Six.

Cracked

  • Wandering kid – Rachael wanders off so often that you will find yourself screaming “THIS KID NEEDS A LEASH!”
  • Hot guy hero – Of course, the art restorer, Tim (Nichkhun) is super hot. Thank heavens.
  • Creepy old lady – The old lady caretaker always seems to be just standing in the background, staring like a psycho.
  • Creepy child – I mean, aren’t they all in horror films?
  • Haunted house – Sure, why not?
  • Ghost attacks – No explanation, no motive.
  • People attacks – Motives? Who needs those?
  • Snake attacks – Ok, so snakes don’t need motives.
  • Flashbacks! – Good luck deciphering these.
  • Jump scares – Soooooo many of these.
  • Bad CGI – I’m not mad, some of it was awesome.
  • Possession – This is later dropped and never seen again. So…. why did you introduce this element?
  • Leaving, but waiting until nighttime, and when it’s raining –  Seriously? This crap drives me nuts. What, did it take you like 8 hours to pack the one bag you brought?

All of this nonsense turns a potentially interesting concept into a muddled mess. Ploensang is a first-time director and the film is beautifully shot, so I do see some potential here. I’m hoping that they are able to refine things in future films. But Cracked is one I’d give a miss.

About Christine Burnham

When not writing, Christine Burnham is watching TV, Horror films, reading, cooking, and spending time with her menagerie of animals.

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