Ghost Lab is a 2021 Thai film directed by Paween Purijitpanya, written by Vasudhorn Piyaromna, Paween Purijitpanya, and Tossaphon Riantong, and starring Thanapob Leeratanakachorn, Paris Intarakomalyasut, and Nuttanicha Dungwattanawanich. The film, produced by GDH 559, was released as a Netflix original film and received mixed reviews, praising cast performance but criticizing the weak storyline and visual effects.
After witnessing a haunting in their hospital, two doctors become dangerously obsessed with obtaining scientific proof that ghosts exist.
Ghost Lab” shares its characters backhanded determination to move beyond the shlock logic of ghost-hunting TV shows, and the first 30 minutes of Purijitpanya’s film watch Wee and Gla poke around the darkest corners of the hospital as they try and discard all of the tactics used on A&E. Many of these bits are played for laughs (“That movie ‘Shutter’ is bullshit,” one of the characters says after discovering that ghosts don’t appear on camera), but it’s jarring to see how fast “Ghost Lab” transitions from slapstick comedy to - say - a CCTV shot of a wheelchair rolling down an empty hallway. We’re dropped into the middle of sequences that would be stretched over five minutes of cheap tension in the American telling of this story, and while Purijitpanya’s crudeness results in a whiplash that makes the movie feel like it’s pinballing between genres rather than mixing them, the approach is mighty effective at keeping you on your toes and locked into the moment at hand.
And it’s a good thing, too, because the “Ghost Lab” approach to storytelling results in a pretty grim prognosis. Most of the fun to be had with this movie - far too much of it, comes from the surprising heel turns the plot has in store, but let’s just say that Wee and Gla eventually grow impatient with their experiment and decide to take a peek into the afterlife themselves. The horror-comedy of the first act crashes headlong into the operatic melodrama of the second, with fidgety scares replaced by frothy soap opera as the boys start having tear-streaked conversations about what’s on the other side, and who among them should look.