The Pool – Thailand, 2018 – reviews

‘6 meters deep pool. No water. No ladder. No way out.’

The Pool is a 2018 Thai survival horror feature film about a young couple stranded in an abandoned six-metre deep swimming pool along with a crocodile.

Written and directed by Ping Lumpraploeng (Khon hew hua), the Dark Army Studio-TMoment production stars Theeradej Wongpuapan and Ratnamon Ratchiratham. The original titles are Narok 6 Metre and นรก 6 เมตร.

Plot:

Day (Theeradej Wongpuapan), an insecure art director of a commercial production company is left alone to clear up a six-metre deep deserted pool after a video shoot. He falls asleep on an inflatable raft due to unbearable fatigue.

When Day wakes up again the water level has sunk so low that he cannot climb out of the pool on his own. He screams for help but the only thing that hears him is some creature from a nearby crocodile farm…

Reviews:

“Overall The Pool makes incredible use of a relatively simple premise. It’s nothing more than a b-grade survival film that takes concepts from prior films such as Castaway or Life of Pi, but The Pool knows this and plays on what it is brilliantly. The camerawork elevates a lot of moments which could easily be boring…” Andrew Daley, Eastern Kicks

“The crocodile scenes are highly effective, with some well-earned nailbiter moments and some jump scares, to boot. The animation and visual effects by Riff Studio and Alternate Studio are terrific. Director of Photography Prayuk Srithongkul does a wonderful job capturing the action… ” Joseph Perry, Gruesome Magazine

“Naturally, Day will always fall asleep at the worst possible moments, because that is how it goes. The important points are how cleverly his Olympic pool-sized prison is constructed and how dexterously Lumpraploeng maintains the tension in this ultra-claustrophobic setting. This is some remarkably skillful minimalist genre filmmaking.” Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

Technical details:

91 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1

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