Frankly, there are two films that opened this week—the first is the Indonesian horror movie titled—‘Satan’s Slave’ and that former Cinemalaya entry—the ‘embarrassing-to-watch’ ‘Ang Guro Kong di Marunong Magbasa’. Obviously—even if ‘Satan’s Slave’ is a foreign flick—it is more appealing than that of the Perry Escaño amateurish and messy storytelling piece.
Originally, the Joko Anwar film was titled ‘Pengabdi Setan’ and horror film buffs may mistake this as a remake of 1976 British independent horror film written by David McGillivray, directed by Norman J. Warren; but is not. Though it could be a revised version of another Indonesian 1979 film with the same title of ‘Pengabdi Setan’, too or ‘Phantasm’, a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli.
Well, this 2017 Asian horror movie is one that could be compared to ‘Conjuring 2’ (2016) and ‘Annabelle: Creation’ (2017) because of some scenes that are reminiscent of the two aforementioned American blockbuster horror flicks.
Perhaps what could make Filipino moviegoers find this eerie flick interesting is its ‘family-themed’ plot.
Rini played by Tara Basro, being the eldest of her siblings; she took over the responsibility of looking after her three younger brothers—Tony (Endy Arfian), Bondi (Nasar Annuz) and Ian (M. Adhiyat) while their father (Bront Palarae) has gone to work to away from them. This happened after their mother passed away mysteriously due to an illness that lasted for almost three years.
While their father was away, strange things occurred in the house as an entity mimicked their mother (Ayu Laksmi). Through the help of Hendra (Dimas Aditya)—Rini uncovered a shocking story that will haunt her and the rest of the people she loves.
Though there were some Islam practices presented in the film, still it left some questions unanswered and confusing. Also, what is quite contrary is the piece of advice that was given to Rini that the evil cannot penetrate or deafeat them as long as they all stick together in love. It might leave the audience confuse why Rini along with her father and her two other brothers had to leave behind Ian.
As a whole, ‘Satan’s Slave’ has all the elements of surprise and has that keen way of scaring moviegoers, which has some semblance and sensibilities that Filipino horror flicks have. But as a whole—it is something that moviegoers would enjoy just the recent Star Cinema’s ‘The Ghost Bride’.
To those who have been following the trio of Lola Tinidora (Jose Manalo), Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) and Lola Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros) will definitely be in for another all-out adventure of a lifetime via the latest comedy film—‘Trip Ubusan: The Lolas versus Zombies’, set to open in cinemas on Tuesday, November 22.
The wacky trio of Manalo, Bayola and Ballesteros take pride not just in the brand of humor they are fondly identified with by their following, but for the fact that Filipinos have a natural liking to grandparents’ kind-of-love.
In the story, the three grandmothers are equally thrilled to celebrate the birthday of their grandchild—Charmaine played by a newcomer child star—Caprice Cayetano. In their preparation for the celebration; while on their way for an out-of-town trip—they all encountered a group of terrified youngsters due to a zombie outbreak.
The film is actually a Filipino spoof of the 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller—‘Train to Busan’.
When asked if the three actors who have popularized their lola characters in the longest noontime variety show in the country; feel pressure of delivering well in the box-office despite the absence of the AlDub tandem—they admitted such feeling.
However, the three hinted that even if AlDub or Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza aren’t part of the film—they are confident that the audience would gravitate still with the development of the story. Cayetano is the three lolas’ beloved great granddaughter related to the popular loveteam that trended worldwide for quite sometime.
If in ‘Train to Busan’ zombies attacked the passengers on a moving train; the Filipino spin-off comedy flick is set on a traveling bus. The three leads and the child star are joined by Ryzza Mae Dizon, Taki Saito, Kenneth Medrano, Shaira Mae Dela Cruz, Miggy Tolentino, Jayvhot Galang; also with Angelika Dela Cruz, Arthur Solinap, Lovely Abella, Rochelle Pangilinan, Joshua Zamora, Niño Muhlach and Al Tantay.
The film is a co-production of APT Entertainment and M-Zet Productions; directed by Mark Reyes of the ‘Encantadia’ fame.
The KenBie tandem that was born out from the successful romcom series—‘Meant to Be’ is back to make fans feel giddy via their first-ever film together—‘This Time I’ll be Sweeter’ with Joel Lamangan as the director and is set for a November 8 playdate in theaters nationwide.
In the film, Barbie Forteza is Erika and Ken Chan is Tristan; they were college sweethearts that didn’t last long. Like in any relationship, the former was left too devastated about the breakup.
After years of being apart—fate allowed reconnecting the former sweethearts. This time—Erika as a field reporter and Tristan as the manager of his family airline company. Because of a tragedy in the latter’s family—it paved the way for them to be closer once again. Being a love story, this film does not only tackle the romantic side but one’s struggles of being in a state of depression.
Coming from a light type of series—both admitted that they had to make certain adjustments in tackling their respective roles who are placed in a more mature and challenging situation. Banking on their ‘intimacy’ as friends has helped them both in making their heavy drama scenes easy to approach.
Erika and Tristan’s love story is a classic example of what Nishan Panwar described about falling in love, “It is very easy, staying in love is a challenge, letting go is the hardest part, and moving on is a damn suicide.”
Together with them in cast are Thea Tolentino (as the third party in the second chance of the protagonists’ love story), Ara Mina, Rey Abellana, Yayo Aguila, Neil Ryan Sese, Kim Rodriguez, Hiro Peralta, Akihiro Blanco, Jai Agpangan, Kaki Ramirez, Fiona Yang, Jon Leo and a lot more.