Joy (Ploy Sornarin) has applied for a job at the house of a rich family led by Uma (Savika Chaiyadej) and her husband, Nirach (Teerapat Sajakul). They live in the very definition of opulence and Joy is hoping to impress.
Joy’s main duties go around looking after Uma and Nirach’s daughter, lovingly known as Lady Nid (Keetapat Pongrue) and Joy’s loving nature means that her and Nid soon form a close bond. However, there’s still the question about why the last maid left and what secrets the house holds which could put Joy in danger.
Joy then goes on to meet the staff governed by Mrs Wan (Natanee Sitthisaman) who warns her to keep to herself. However, curiosity gets the better of her and soon Joy finds out things that she wishes she’d never known.
The Maid is a Thai horror written and directed by Lee Thongkham which is a modern horror that feels so old fashioned in parts due to its characters and the ghost story genre. Told in three chapters, The Maid sets up a story that supposedly tries to subvert the audience’s expectations and although this is not necessarily a bad thing, this is where it might lose its audience.
The first chapter sets up a very typical horror story, there are ghosts, spooky children and even a toy which may or may not be alive. The audience may expect that they’re in for a typically generic horror story about a haunted inanimate object, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The second chapter is perhaps where the audience may start to lose interest though, because this is where the tone changes so sharply and it insists on telling a drawn-out backstory which may bore some.
Then there’s the third chapter and although the third may arguably be the most enjoyable, it seems to take a very long time to get there.
The Maid is beautifully shot and Sornarin gives a great performance which may have cemented her place as queen of Thai horror, but the whole is not as good as the sum of its parts. Because of the tonal shifts between chapters, the story feels disjointed and often may make the audience question whether they really are watching the same story throughout. However, by the end the audience may wish that the film had been like that all the way through, if they even watched that far into the film.
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