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Film Review: ‘Violator’

29 November 2015 12:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Short on story but long on style, “Violator” is an atmospheric, quasi-apocalyptic supernatural chiller about strange happenings that take place in Manila while a typhoon bears down on the city. Although the pieces don’t all fit together and many viewers will likely find it too much of a head-scratcher, there’s still much to admire in the debut feature of film critic-turned filmmaker Eduardo “Dodo” Dayao. “Violator” has already notched impressive festival mileage and can expect plenty more invitations to genre events and fantasy-themed sidebars.

A much more dreamy and artsy fantasy-horror-thriller than what’s generally produced by Filipino filmmakers, the pic consists of two very distinct halves. For the first three-quarters of an hour, there’s nothing remotely resembling a plot. The rest of the film takes place in a lonely police station where demonic forces may or may not be manifesting. A few characters and themes from »

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