In Thai cinema's seemingly endless pool of ghost movies, Phobia 2, a collection of five separate short horror stories by five different directors, still manages to stand out as a freshly frightening film that entertains and terrifies its audience every minute of its runtime.

"Novice," the first short, tells a warning tale about a teenage boy who pays a gruesome price for his unforgivable sin. The story takes us deep into the jungle in the darkest nights where ghoulish creatures freely roam and petrify us. Jirayu La-Ongmanee (from The Legend of King Naresuan and The Love of Siam) shines in his first leading role, especially in the scene in which he breaks down from unsuccessful begging for the redemption that never comes.