When Ib and Boum see a bright future crumble under the weight of financial crisis and their parents’ looming bankruptcy the teenage BFFs forge a suicide pact. However, seconds after Ib pulls the trigger, Boum gets cold feet, leaving her friend to die on the top floor of an unfinished apartment building that was their parents’ last joint venture. 15 years later a spirit begins haunting Boum and her daughter Bell. Ib has come to collect what was originally promised: a death and companionship in the afterlife.
A cautionary tale about the danger of making promises you don’t intend to keep, The Promise has the ingredients of a classic ghost story that dishes out revenge from beyond the grave. Thai writer-director Sophon Sakdaphisit knows the rhythms of the genre inside-out, allowing him to punctuate sustained tension with well-timed jump scares. The film’s persuasive performances allow the drama to resonate while the central location – a concrete skeleton of a skyscraper believed to be an actual site of ghostly activity – lends an enormous amount of atmosphere to this Thai chiller.
Genre: Horror/ Thriller/ Drama
Run time: 01:54 (114 min.)
Director: Sophon Sakdaphisit
Production company/ distributor: GDH 559
Cast: Apichaya Thongkham, Numthip Jongrachatawiboon