My Ex is a Thai supernatural revenge movie following Ken, an attractive famous actor who likes to sleep around who faces the terrible consequences of a vengeful ex who takes her grudge with her to the grave, and beyond – billed in it’s promo material more as a tale of revenge upon a lover, make no mistake My Ex is first and foremost a supernatural ghost story.
Ken attracts a great many women, enamoured by his fame and good looks he has his pick of them, at the start one of his lover’s, Meen, tells him she is pregnant and he can’t run away quick enough to his new girl of the moment, Ploy – there’s also another girl, Bow, who we can guess is his previous, or one of many previous, throwaway affections. This start to get a bit threatening as Ken’s car is vandalised and Bow is killed in a truck ‘accident’, and who and what are responsible all seem a bit of a mystery – the vengeful girlfriend, yet another woman, or the vaguely menacing paparazzo that seems to be hounding Ken’s every move.
The supernatural elements really take hold at this point (which is still very early on) and a ghoulish dead woman appears at nearly every possible opportunity – reflective surfaces, bath tubs, darkly lit hallways and corners: all the usual horror cliche’s get chucked at us quicker than you can say ‘booo’. Ploy and Ken are constantly suddenly awaking from horrible nightmare’s where they are plagued by the malefic spirit – much to the annoyance of the viewer as the ‘they’re dreaming it’ trick is so tired that it might send us into slumber. It’s also increasingly difficult to keep up with the plot as it meanders around and drags significantly after the first 40 minutes or so.
Dead rising from bathtubs, ghoulishly apparent and rotting races, tense hands and reaching fingers, masses of black superfluous hair forming tangled water ridden masses, tense music and obvious loud noises, as well as the prevailing sense that someone or something is always behind you are constant cause for concern for the cast members who start to get picked off one by one by the less than shy irate ghost woman. Unfortunately by the time is crawls towards its conclusion, because it lacks the build up of scares that decent horror movies pull off choosing instead to just cram as much ‘horror’ into our eyes as possible before we collapse into tears of boredom, there is a good chance that not only will you barely be paying attention to what happens to Ken, but you won’t care.
Certainly some of the effects are well created, and for what is likely a modestly budgeted movie My Ex has a decent enough production value, however the editing leaves a lot to be desired and certain scenes fall into complete obsolescence. It gets to the point where the movie has run out of steam on ‘scares’ and resorts to depicting a gratuitous self-abortion, cheap gross-out effects over genuine terror. Of course Ken is made to repent for his womanising ways but, as is often the case, people rarely change and the end of the movie is glaringly obvious. My Ex is certainly not the worst horror movie, but it is very much a genre piece that fails to hold its own against other Asian tales of ghostly revenge.
My Ex is available from October 8.