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.