I was effin’ tired during my series of dayshifts that’s why when I finally had my night shift last week, I made the most out of it. Night shift is always synonymous to liberty in our contact center.

I slept for three and four hours during the first two nights, respectively. Of course, I still wore my headset just in case a client calls in the wee hours of the morning.

On my third night, I decided to do some Thai Movie Marathon. I dun wanna get bored and feel sleepy again. Haha. I wanna be alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic in order to serve our clients (whew!).

Scaring myself has always been one of the best past times. I usually watch horror/scary/gory movies when I’m alone. Although gory movies would always mean covering my eyes everytime the killer shows up because a killing spree will surely happen anytime soon.

Piper Halliwell was right when she said in the Chick Flick episode of Charmed, ‘I am being stalked by psycho killers and I hide in the shower?’  Characters in horror movies are always stupid.

And why do people who say ‘Don’t worry, we’ll be safe here’ are always the next to die?

Anyway, back to the Thai Movies I watched.  I’ve always believed that Thais are the masters of Horror Movies. I did not have second thoughts when I saw Dek Hor (Dorm) online. The film was critically acclaimed in Thailand, where it won more honors than any other film from the various award-giving bodies, including best picture from the Bangkok Critics Assembly.The film has had theatrical releases in Singapore and Malaysia and other film festivals, including the Pusan International Film Festival.

Dek hor (Thai: เด็กหอ, also Dorm or My School) is a 2006 Thai horror-drama film about a shy boy (Chatree) who is sent away under mysterious circumstances to a spooky boarding school.  But it’s not a horror film, so much as a ghost story which did not really need a lot of false scares.

dek hor

Dorm is a coming-of-age ghost story, with an atmosphere that changes with the central character’s moods.  As Chatree discovers more about the history of the school, he becomes less scared of it, and the film’s horror tactics relax. The mood remains quite morbid, however, and the carefully colored cinematography keeps us cautious as to where the story is heading.

After watching Dorm, I found out that the two main actors, Charlie Trairat and Sirachuch Chienthaworn had a new movie released last year, ‘Hormones.’

Hormones (Thai: ปิดเทอมใหญ่ หัวใจว้าวุ่น or Pidtermyai huajai wawoon) is a 2008 Thai romantic comedy film directed by Songyos Sugmakanan (he also directed ‘Dorm’). The literal meaning of the Thai title is ‘restless hearts during school break’ or ‘school break, hearts aflutter’.

Hormones

The film showed that love is not like school, there is no vacation or summer break. Yet the school’s summer break is actually the time all teenagers are waiting for. That’s when young hearts begin to throb in crazy tempo and the bubbling hormones compel teenagers to do crazy things, especially when it comes to love. The film intertwines four stories about young lovers over the summer school holiday. In this summer break, two boys are busy chasing a girl and racing to get her phone number; another boy is preparing a surprise for his secret crush; a young girl is busy learning Chinese to prepare herself for the concert of her favorite Taiwanese pop-star; and a boy is fighting the temptation to remain loyal to the love of his life.

Hormones picked up several awards, including a Jury Prize at last year’s Asian Marine Film Festival in Japan, and Focus Jirakul swept Thailand’s film awards for best supporting actress, including trophies for the Subhanahongsa, the Bangkok Critics and Kom Chad Luek awards.

This is a very well-made film, beautifully lit and craftily edited.  I was entertained, rather than annoyed.  And it was nostalgic, for once, long ago, I was a teenager who thought the world would end if I didn’t experience falling in love with someone or get laid. And I did a lot of stupid things, and got myself into situations I later regretted. But I don’t regret seeing this film.