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Lizard Woman

Diminutive geckos terrorize an author and some geologists in "Lizard Woman," a blatantly low-rent bid to cash in on the Japanese monster market by vet Thai director Manop Udomdej. While Udomdej is up to his usual skilled multi-tasking, his grip on the horror genre is tenuous at best.

Diminutive geckos terrorize an author and some geologists in “Lizard Woman,” a blatantly low-rent bid to cash in on the Japanese monster market by vet Thai director Manop Udomdej (“The Macabre Case of Prom Pi Ram”). While Udomdej is up to his usual skilled multi-tasking (producer-director-writer-editor), his grip on the horror genre is tenuous at best, though this didn’t stop the film from hitting No. 1 at the local B.O. last November. Some success may be possible in other Asian markets, but elusive elsewhere.

When a team of Japanese and Thai geologists accidentally breaks open a wooden casket containing evil lizard spirits, anyone bitten is transformed into a lizard zombie. Among the victims is Kwan (Rungravee Brijindakul), a horror writer who’s experiencing commitment problems with her b.f. (Pete Thongchua). Though the pic hints at various subtexts about relationships, it can’t convincingly connect the dots between carnage and coupling. Gore quotient goes some way to appeasing fright fans, but there’s still the basic problem that geckos, whether CGI or real, are not particularly scary. No-name cast gives perfunctory performances; tech credits have a low-budget professionalism.

Lizard Woman

Thailand

  • Production: A Sahamongkol release of a Jorthai production. (International sales: Golden Network, Hong Kong.) Produced by Manop Udomdej. Executive producers, Somsak Techaratanaprasert. Directed, written, edited by Manop Udomdej.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Dorsic Stanislav; music, Phatai Puangjeen; production designer, Montree Manucanon. Reviewed at Bangkok Film Festival (market), Jan. 20, 2005. Running time: 98 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Pete Thongchua, Rungravee Brijindakul, Kowit Wathanakul, Wantip Pawa Poontanon, Saito Kano.
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