If you’re a fan of Asian movies, you have probably seen and loved The Wailing. The Wailing and The Yellow Sea are films Mother of Movie personally really enjoyed. The Medium’s producer and co-writer Na Hong-jin is the director of that cult-classic horror movie and this title is directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun. Thai director Pisanthanakun is no stranger to accolades though and his directorial debut in 2004, Shutter, became an American remake in 2008.
The Medium drops on the Shudder platform on October 14th, 2021. It sets off in Northern Thailand as a documentary-style film. It opens with the background and history of shaman culture in the Isan area and explains the idealism behind spirits being present in everything. From the rice fields and homes to people, animals, and artifacts, both evil and good spirits have an effect on everything we do. Nim is the focus of the story and she has been blessed with a possessing spirit, passed down from generation to generation. This blessing affords her the status of a shaman in her village.
The Medium is an Excorsism Movie
What is immediately obvious having seen a few of Na’s previous films, is that his ability to influence the creep factor of events in his story is an invaluable asset. By flushing religion and culture into The Medium in such a factual way, it convinces you that what you are watching could be actually based on real events. Anecdotal evidence and religion make it feel far more atmospheric. Like you are getting an inside view into something ancient and long-ingrained.
Whether you believe the religious aspects and in how these themes eke their way into the lives of the people it embraces becomes an experience that can absolutely cause you to doubt what you think you believe in. As Nim explains what her role is as a shaman and how it influences things and people, there is obvious concern about her perceived “powers.” But when things outside the scope of that creep in, it’s her beliefs that help her through everything that life throws at her.
For those that love their films to have elaborate and well thought out storylines, what develops will satiate that desire. The story quickly devolves into a heavy set possession film when Nim’s niece shows symptoms of what is initially believed to be an inheritance of the same spirit that she was given in her youth. Performances are quite good and I particularly enjoyed Sawanee Utoomma’s Nim.
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The Medium is creepy, violent and the type of horror movie I enjoy. My main gripe was with a character called Manit who through either terrible language translations or a subpar attribute falls headfirst into one of my least favorite tropes. As Mink begins to slowly lose control of whatever spirits are taking over her, he constantly shouts at her about being crazy. With so much lead in about the history and belief systems, his behavior during these moments was super annoying. There were other ‘stupid decision-making’ scenarios that wore thin as well.
There is no doubt though, that The Medium has all the ingredients for a solid exorcism movie. But I will warn you, if you are sensitive to animal death this may be one to skip. For more details on what happens see the spoiler section below.
I give The Medium
3.5 Exorcism movies out of 5
Trigger warning THE MEDIUM 2021 spoilers
“The Medium” is a shaman chiller exorcism movie
The Medium starring: Sawanee Utoomma, Narilya Gulmongkolpech, Sirani Yankittikan.