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Dorm (2006)

Chalee Trairat , Nipawan Thaveepornsawand , Songyos Sugmakanan  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chalee Trairat, Nipawan Thaveepornsawand, Jintara Sugapat, Sirachuch Chienthaworn, Suttipong Tudpitakkul
  • Directors: Songyos Sugmakanan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Thai
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000NA21RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(Asia Extreme / Horror) Twelve-year-old Chatree has been reluctantly transferred to an all boys boarding school, where life for him becomes days of misery and loneliness. He is bullied by his peers with tales of drowned boys and hanged girls; his teacher, Ms. Pranee, does little to make him feel welcome, and he has no friends or family to confide in. Despite being a social outcast and recluse, he befriends another student, Wichien. They become fast friends and soon things look bright, until one day he finds that his new friend has a deep dark secret.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Ghost Story: Above Average! July 30, 2007
Format:DVD
A couple of months back, I was purchasing the latest CRITERION release of the great film "Sansho the Bailiff," by Japanese director Mizoguchi, when I stumbled across two DVDs that looked interesting. One was the Thai film DORM, and the other one was the Japanese film SILK. My VHS copy of "Sansho the Bailiff" was on its last legs, and in my excitement at purchasing this wonderful classic I decided to pick up these two horror films. I was not disappointed. Yes, there are similarities [strong ones at that] to Guillermo del Toro's great film "The Devil's Backbone" [which I own].

However, that is not to say that DORM is not a good film. Moreover, many horror flicks borrow from each other, and for me the film DORM succeeded in being a good film. However, I recommend that you rent the film first to see if this is a film you will like. I happened to like the film, as I found it highly enjoyable; however, horror is one of those genre's where some will like the film, while others will not. I am of the former group.

The film is set in Thailand, and as I do not wish to give out too many spoilers of this film, I will write that the films narrative centers around a young boy named Ton Chatree (Chalee Trairat) whose father has sent him to a boarding school. It is here that Ton finds himself in a lonely state. The films narrative moves along in a coherent manner in which Ton finds a friend. But this is not a typical friend that Ton meets, and as such the film veers into a supernatural drama where friendship is the catalyst for these two young boys.

But all is not what it seems in this film. I do not wish to spoil the film for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NO long-haired ghost on this one...Thank goodness!! June 22, 2007
Format:DVD
Dorm is from the producers of the Thai Horror hit "SHUTTER". Some people say that "DORM" has a lot of similarities of Guillermo Del Toro's Spanish horror cult hit "The Devil's Backbone" which makes it a rip-off while some say this film was meant as a tribute film to the mentioned original by Del Toro, other articles say that Dorm is based on the producers' experiences as a child. Who's to say what is true and what is a publicity stunt? Whatever the motivation for all the discussions, Dorm did get people in Asia talking, so much that the film won numerous awards in Thailand. I've seen a lot of Asian horror films. One formula kind of lost its effect is the "Vengeful Longed haired ghost", I'm happy to say that Dorm doesn't have one such supernatural entity.

The movie starts when Ton Chatree gets transferred to an all boys school by his father so that Ton can concentrate more on his studies, away form watching too much TV and such. Ton believes his father has hidden motives, so he starts holding a grudge towards him. Being the new kid in school, Ton became the recipient of practical jokes and told made up ghost stories regarding the dormitory for boys. The boy becomes very unhappy until he befriends another kid, this newfound companion harbors a dark secret, one that Ton Chatree becomes determined to help his good friend.

Being asian myself, I can relate to the events in Ton's life. Even some of the urban legends involving spirits are things that I've heard about as a kid. Unlike other Asian horror flicks, there is no "vengeful spirit", no blood and gore, and in this film no one dies because of spirit's wrong doing. Dorm is more about friendship and caring about others to the point of risking oneself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent story December 3, 2007
By LARRY
Format:DVD
Dorm is a decent suspense of a film. Dorm isn't gory scary like Hostel or Hills Have Eyes. It's more along the lines of The Sixth Sense or The Others.

Chatree has been forcedly transferred to an all-boys dormority/school program in another city. He is told that the transfer is enhance his studies without distractions like TV and the like. However, Chatree suspects that his father has a hidden agenda for the transfer.

Like any newcomer, Chatree gets picked on as he has to learn the ropes around the school. The first night, he is told horror stories that supposedly occurs on the school grounds. Of course, the stories are so good that he can't go to sleep. To make things worse, he has to pee.

When he goes to relieve himself in the bathroom, something happens. Chatree is not sure if it's the supernatural or simply the boys pulling a prank on him. However, things start to happen more frequently and Chatree believes it's the supernatural.

These odd incidences are impacting Chatree and his peers notice that and respond by taunting him. Except one. Or two. His new friend seems to be knowledgeable about ghosts. Can his friend's stories and tips save Chatree as well as eliminate tauntings from his peers?

Overall, a decent movie that's slow-paced. The story plot isn't fantastic but worthy enough of your attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A ghost story with heart and soul! October 2, 2010
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Wow, is the marketing and even cover art for the DVD of this film misleading. I first spotted the film on Netflix, and by the photo and description shown expected this Thai film to be a creepy little ghost story on the scale of something like Ringu, Ju-on: The Grudge - or maybe even a Thai counterpart like Shutter.

When in reality, Dek hor - or Dorm - is so much more, and actually gets cheated by its own marketing ... which doesn't speak for the sensitive, tender, and emotionally involving ghost story the film truly is. Oh sure, there are a few chills and even semi-eerie moments in Dorm - but that's not what you'll leave this film remembering. What you will remember are the characters, the story, and the heartbeat this terrific ghost story has at its core ... as seen mostly through the eyes of lead actor Charlie Trairat - a child actor whose talent bears more emotional clout than most actors three times his age.

Trairat plays Ton Chatree, a twelve-year-old boy on semester break from his school, when he learns that his father has decided to send him to a different school - a private school - as soon as the current term reconvenes. Unable to even finish the rest of the school year with his friends, Chatree -used to doing what he wants, when he wants - at first finds the rules and constraints of his new, all-boy school very hard to bear ... in particular the chilly, always-frowning and oddly sad headmistress, Ms. Pranee (Chintara Sukapatana). Chatree eats with all the other boys, sleeps in the crowded dorm room on a cot with all the other boys, bathes in a sort of community bathhouse-style "shower" with all the other boys - suddenly his world is on a schedule, with time constraints and all sorts of rules, and Chatree is one unhappy kid ...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thai Movie
I saw this movie on a plane trip to Thailand a few years ago. It is not possible to really enjoy a movie on a plane so I decided to buy my own copy. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Rodney Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars dorm or no dorm ?
this is a very good movie with a very strange going ons with the kids and the staff...cant tell u more..
Published 2 months ago by charley starr 49
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice coming of age story
Do not let the disturbing cover image detract from the story. It really is not much of a horror story as that goes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frederick Files Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a very horror-y horror movie, but still a good movie
As mentioned, there's not much horror in this movie. It's more of just the story than anything. However, I still enjoyed this movie and have watched it a couple of times now. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My ten and twelve year old children sat through this entire movie with me, although it is all subtitles. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christina
2.0 out of 5 stars wasn't scary
I was expecting horror or hauntings but instead I got a movie about friendship and forgiveness. It was more funny than scary.
Published 8 months ago by taro buns
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great story
I know the description "hinted" at the ghost story angle and while it did have creepy parts I guess it's not full-on horror. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wanda's World
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I watched it online and really liked it so I bought the dvd. It's packaged as a horror movie but it's really more of a coming-of-age story with horror elements to it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars DORM - A GHOST STORY
DORM - an Asian film (English subtitles) is called a "horror film" but it's really more of a ghost story - intriguing plot of twelve-hear old Chatree who's been transferred by his... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dana Skolfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary movie
If you're into foreign scary movies,then definitely get this one. The quality is good and you're drawn into it as well.
Published 15 months ago by Slade
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