Apart from romantic-comedies and dramas, Filipino audience especially the moviegoers, are fond of watching horror flicks, which FOX Network Group Philippines is poised to give a good scare via its first local-made film venture via Maledicto.
In 2018, the foreign film The Nun explained the existence of Valak, the evil spirit in Conjuring 2; and in the screenplay written by Jonathan Guillermo tells the story of Tom Rodriguez’s Fr. Xavier “Xavi” Lavezares, a supposed to be brilliant psychiatrist with a bright future ahead of him, who witnessed his sister Mara (portrayed by Inah de Belen) who killed herself amid the throes of a demonic possession.
Since the film tackles about principalities in the spiritual realm, its premise is that evil is out to conquer the world through its cohorts and even inside the Roman Catholic Church is already infiltrated.
The film reminds of the Christian novels written In This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti.
After years of questioning the existence of demonic possession Fr. Xavi is again presented with an episode that revisits his horrific experience with her younger sister and now he has to exorcise the demon outside of a young female student named Agnes Villacorte (Miles Ocampo), the student under Sr. Barbara’s (Jasmine Curtis).
Armed with his psychiatric knowledge and his training in exorcising demons, Fr. Xavi took the responsibility of driving away the demon named Sikmat from the innocent body of Agnes. He was aided by a clairvoyant nun Sr. Barbara.
Jude Turcuato, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Network Group Philippines described this first venture on making local films, “With Maledicto under our belt, we’re hoping to elevate Filipino cinema to one of a Hollywood pedigree.”
Will the two Servants of God succeed in casting out the demons that has taken over the innocent body of a teenage girl?
The film is co-produced by Cignal Entertainment and Unitel, with ABS-CBN Films tapped as distributor and directed by Mark Meily.
Opening in cinemas nationwide on May 1. To get to know more about the film, visit its facebook page.
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.