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’.
After a short hiatus from doing projects on television and movies, Enchong Dee is back in a horror comedy flick titled ‘I Love You to Death’ (but this has nothing to do with the 1990 Hollywood movie of the same title) opposite the Comedy Princess—Kiray Celis. The movie opens on Wednesday, July 6 in theaters nationwide.
Dee, in this current Regal Entertainment Incorporated presentation, he plays Celis’s childhood friend, who is head over heels in love with the latter.
Despite the fact that he is really serious in pursuing his singing career because it was actually the ‘fire’ that fueled him to go on with his passion in the entertainment industry, he was forced to be inactive for a while, but after much needed thought—he is back in doing a movie project because he finds this opportunity a unique to be paired with Kiray, who had proven her box-office potentials via another movie from the same outfit, titled—‘Love is Blind’.
Also, Enchong wants to show and even prove not just to himself but to others especially to those who aspire to join showbiz, “Gusto kong makita ng iba as an inspiration. Dahil sa business na ito, napakahirap pumasok at andaming gusting pumasok. I want to set an example at masabi ng iba na—‘gusto kong maging katulad ni Kuya Enchong’.”
When he was not active in the limelight, he opened his own restaurant business and he considers it as a preparation for his future, “Alam ko naman na one day, I would get to the point that I am going to lay low.”
In his return, he describes himself in five words as, “I am CONTENTED. HOPEFUL that I still get to do the roles I wanna do in the future. I’m EXCITED. I’m HAPPY. And I’m more FOCUSED.”
Dee and Celis are joined by Janice de Belen, Betong Sumaya, Devon Seron, Trina Legaspi, Michelle Vito, Shine Kuk, Paolo Gumabao, Christian Bables, Nico Nicolas, and Dino Pastrano. The film is directed by Mico Livelo.
Kapuso actor Jake Vargas leads the cast of stars in a Neal Tan horror film titled ‘Bahay Ampunan’, opening on Wednesday, February 25 in selected theaters nationwide.
Vargas plays the role of Noel, a band member who got a break in working abroad along with his band members, but has the dilemma of leaving behind his adopted younger brother Eboy, who also became an orphan after their parents passed away from a vehicular accident. Leaving Eboy reminds Noel’s mother who left him in an orphanage and he doesn’t want to repeat that for the little boy. According to Tan, the story he wrote is inspired from a Manila orphanage that was destroyed by fire years back. In the story, Noel went back to the orphanage where he used to consider as his home and was considering of leaving Eboy to the take care of a nun and other loving and charitable workers, but only to find out that it was no longer a safe place to live in. Noel gets reunited with the people he used to live with including his childhood sweetheart named Diosa, but had to make a choice of pursuing the love he failed to nurture or run away the second time around. ‘Bahay Ampunan’ features Renz Michael, Martin Luigie Venegas, Elaver Pacatang, Maria Isabel Lopez, Isadora, Aleck Bovick and many more.