Long-Awaited Thai Horror Flick The Covenant Gets a Fresh Nightmarish Official Trailer

When a person thinks of horror from the far East, you’d be forgiven for immediately thinking of Japanese horror or of course the explosion of top notch Korean movies. Any horror nut worth their salt will immediately list the infamous &#65279The Ring &#65279franchise or the oft-lauded &#65279&#65279Three Extremes&#65279 trilogy of disturbing tales from by Hong Kong director Fruit Chan, South Korean director Park Chan-wook, and Japanese director Takashi Miike; each of whom directed an installment in said trilogy.

A trailer from 2015 Thai horror movie The Covenant (not to be confused with the 2006 Hollywood movie of the same name – however if Sebastian Stan is your thing, I guess you could take a look) has recently emerged, boasting some sincerely spooky scenes, along with the kind of nightmarish ghouls that could even give Guillermo del Toro pause for thought.

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The movie, which was shot under the original title of &#65279Run Phee,&#65279 follows the story of a young woman possessed (there’s a low hanging spook-fruit) of the ability to smell &#65279ghosts. Definitely a novel approach to spectre-detection, though I for one hope that a Western release does not include the tagline “I smell dead people.”

Just lacks the ring (again, no pun intended) of other, more memorable taglines. Our heroine in this case discovers that her boarding school is harboring some dark secrets. Of course, said secrets absolutely will have to be of the pants-soiling, horrifying variety; I mean, let’s face it – who would want to watch a film about a regular, completely sane covenant?

&#65279Our olfactory afflicted character will not be alone in her investigation into the dark past of the boarding school. She is joined by a rather nattily attired dead-sidekick to assist her in getting to the bottom of the horrors inhabiting the Covenant. Good ghosts, apparently, always wear suits/school uniforms.

While the hook of smelling the dead is certainly novel, the trailer definitely evokes feelings of nostalgia for those early 2000’s horror films. I for one was most definitely put in mind of &#65279Thirteen Ghosts &#65279or even shades of the 1999 remake of &#65279The House on Haunted Hill.&#65279

You have to look no further than some of the horrors on show in the trailer for &#65279The Covenant&#65279: A melting face with a deliciously visceral gooey eyeball. A creature with a face made ENTIRELY of eyeballs .&#65279A spirit (no doubt malevolent) so chewed up and mashed, that you can see right through the back of it’s head. A suicide by gunshot, perhaps?

There is not yet an official release date (either for the United States or Europe) for horror fans to pin to their calendars, however this is certainly one to keep an eye (melting, full-faced or otherwise) on. Thailand has been quietly putting together a solid stable of horror films, in the shadow of the more acknowledged Japanese and Korean studios. More Far-Eastern horror is never a bad thing at all.