Dorm is from the producers of the Thai Horror hit "SHUTTER". Some people say that "DORM" has a lot of similarities of Guillermo Del Toro's Spanish horror cult hit "The Devil's Backbone" which makes it a rip-off while some say this film was meant as a tribute film to the mentioned original by Del Toro, other articles say that Dorm is based on the producers' experiences as a child. Who's to say what is true and what is a publicity stunt? Whatever the motivation for all the discussions, Dorm did get people in Asia talking, so much that the film won numerous awards in Thailand. I've seen a lot of Asian horror films. One formula kind of lost its effect is the "Vengeful Longed haired ghost", I'm happy to say that Dorm doesn't have one such supernatural entity.
The movie starts when Ton Chatree gets transferred to an all boys school by his father so that Ton can concentrate more on his studies, away form watching too much TV and such. Ton believes his father has hidden motives, so he starts holding a grudge towards him. Being the new kid in school, Ton became the recipient of practical jokes and told made up ghost stories regarding the dormitory for boys. The boy becomes very unhappy until he befriends another kid, this newfound companion harbors a dark secret, one that Ton Chatree becomes determined to help his good friend.
Being Asian myself, I can relate to the events in Ton's life. Even some of the urban legends involving spirits are things that I've heard about as a kid. Unlike other Asian horror flicks, there is no "vengeful spirit", no blood and gore, and in this film no one dies because of spirit's wrong doing. Dorm is more about friendship and caring about others to the point of risking oneself. Upon watching this film, instead of being scared(which is why most people watch horror films) you can't help but be a bit moved by the story.
Now, the film is not perfect, it takes the formulas of other supernatural horror hits like "The Sixth Sense", and the aforementioned "The Devil's Backbone". Perhaps I should do a full review after I re-watch it. [3.5 Out of 5 Stars]
(Parts of this QT were originally posted in amazon)