I have never been really a fan of horror movies. In fact, I try my best to steer away from it unless it’s really important for me to watch such movies (e.g. school requirements) and even then I’d cover my face the whole time and just see the movie through the spaces between my fingers. Pee Mak has long been recommended for me to watch and I was intrigued by the story when I first heard about it but there’s no denying that I’ve been delaying watching it especially alone. And now I finally watched it. Needless to say, it was one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride.
The tone set earlier in the movie was that of a humorous and comedic one that carried on throughout the entire movie. I found myself laughing so hard despite the fact that I knew I had to be scared as the bed and SFX are guiding me to feel. However, I also found myself feeling a little creeped out albeit only a little because then I’d be back to laughing my heart off. So there I was, laughing like there’s no tomorrow and then minutes later I’d find myself crying. Yes, crying. I never expected to cry. Laugh, yes; be scared, probably; feel cheesy, maybe; but to actually cry? Nuh-uh. Never expected that. Then again I guess that’s what made me realize that the movie was actually good and perfectly packaged. I have watched movies with mixed genres like this one (horror x comedy x romance) especially in the Philippines but I always thought they were half-baked and failed to stir my interests and emotions. I honestly thought that it would be the same for Pee Mak but I was surprised. And what a wonderful surprise it turned out to be.
If I had to rate the movie from 1 to 10, it’d probably be an 8 only because I still don’t like creepy stuff on films.
PS. I just found out that the director of Pee Mak is also the director of Hello Stranger which is also a great film except that it lacked the epilogue I wanted to tie things together in the end (luckily Pee Mak had a good epilogue and I loved it very much).