Veering wildly from the classy to the trashy, Thai ghost-horror movie "The Unborn" recalls Hong Kong Category III pics from a decade ago but shorn of the latter's more over-the-top moments. Pic was boosted in Thailand this summer by the presence of young actress Inthira Charoenpura. Overseas, this is Asian horror buff vidfare.
Veering wildly from the classy to the trashy — mostly the latter — Thai ghost-horror movie “The Unborn” recalls Hong Kong Category III pics from a decade ago but shorn of the latter’s more over-the-top moments. Released locally under English title “The Mother” but offshore as “The Unborn,” pic was boosted in Thailand this summer by the presence of young actress Inthira Charoenpura, who debuted as the sexy ghost in “Nang Nak” (1999). Overseas, this is Asian horror buff vidfare.
Charoenpura is punkish barmaid Porawee, just out of drug rehab, who’s almost killed by a pusher, Ord (Wannakit Siriput). Waking up in a hospital run by femme doctor Rudi (Aranya Namwong), she’s told she’s 10 weeks pregnant but is otherwise OK. However, when she starts hallucinating about a pregnant teenage ghost (Prangthong Changthom), she uncovers, along with rehab officer Pipat (Karunporn Thieansuwan), a ghastly crime involving suicide, murder and a stolen fetus. Based on a true story, pic has some well-staged shocks in the first act but loses momentum prior to an explanation-heavy finale and overdone coda. Charoenpura makes a rather unsympathetic heroine.