Immortal Enemy
Thailand 2003
Directed by Suthas Intranupakorn.

Blood sucking vampires, immortal evil, a Wizard-like shaman, a ring of power, and a host of shuffling zombies -- all rendered with cheesy special effects, and a plot that shambles forward like a half-resuscitated corpse.

Mekin (Winai Kraibutr) is a bit of a sick, twisted bastard of an immortal, finally thrown in jail by his own father because of his madness. To keep him company, they tear the face off of his girl Bonnie and throw it in the cell with him. So, despondant, he finally just decides to submerge himself in a glass tank and disappear, David Blaine style.

Fast forward to the present. Eddie (or "Narudom" depending on your subtitles) (Kongkrapunt Sangsuriya) inherits a grand mansion from his parents, the very mansion where the immortal was imprisoned. There are lots of CGI rats and bugs in it, which disturbs his sexy girlfriend Elly/Chotirot (Pornthip Wongkitjjanon). It doesn't take long before Eddie starts acting all evil and weird, and brings Mekin back to life.

Mekin immediately sets about creating a harem of vampire girls for himself, usually taking the girl away right when Eddie is about to score, no doubt giving him second thoughts about the whole reincarnating-the-undead-prince thing. But despite the harem, Meking just wants his old girl Bonnie back, conveniently reincarnated in Lorna (Pissara Umavijani). Lorna's boyfriend Willy is good friends with Eddy, at least until he starts killing people, and soon the two have enlisted the help of some Van-Helsing types and picked up a few useful incantations to fight Mekin and Eddie to the death.

IMMORTAL ENEMY is a mix of incredibly lame comedy, cheap special effects, and derivative horror elements. When the vampire thing starts running out of gas, Mekin resurrects an army of zombies to stagger about for a while. Willy dispenses with some using a magic sword that disintigrates his opponents much like vampire deaths in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. To make matters worse, the soundtrack music is terrible, and the cinematography drowning in cheap digital effects. The story is pretty lame as well.

So, is there anything good about IMMORTAL ENEMY? Sure, if you're a fan of Vampire movies this one is bound to amuse you -- it is definitely something different. The Vampire fighting sifu that Willy recruits for the end of the film is a complete pleasure and could give Lam Ching-Ying a run for the money. And speaking of money, this is a Thai film with a fair sized budget, stretching the possibilities of Thai special effects. But despite all this, by the end, I felt bored and wishing I had spent my time watching something else.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on February 10, 2006.

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