Amorosa, The Revenge (Horror Movie): From a Commoner's View
As I have mentioned in my post "SheBlogger as a Reviewer of the Macabre" (would be good to read that first before reading this review), I'm always in the lookout for horror movies. I especially watch out for Filipino horror movies because I'm hoping for some improvements (and I have seen a few already) in this genre. So when I first saw this movie on Facebook, I thought to myself, "Wow! Another promising horror movie, not long after The Healing". Its Facebook page did not say much about the movie so I did not what exactly it is all about. I guess it's a marketing strategy to surround it with mystery. Even the poster didn't reveal much, but did suggest a lot of things to the imagination.
I will not go into details of the story because I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet. And the power of the movie is in the intricacy of the story. I don't do to others what I don't want others do unto me. I hate it when people purposely tell me the story of a movie I'm planning to see. I would just tell you what I liked and did not like about the movie.
First, I like the air of mystery given by the poster and the teaser trailer. It had me guessing if this is another psycho thriller wherein there is really no ghost killer other than the proverbial ghost in the past of the main character and that she is actually the killer. As it says in the trailer, "is she a loving mother?", or a "crazy mom?", or something to that effect. I don't remember the exact words. Hehe Anyway, it's an effective marketing strategy, if that's what it is. It caught my interest. However, I think the opening of the movie ruined that mystery. I will not tell you why or how. For me it just did. It removed all my doubts about the existence, or non-existence for that matter, of the ghost. It could have been better if that scene was placed somewhere in the middle or even just a bit later. Just not in the beginning of the story.
But still, the story was not completely revealed in that scene and my guessing continued every step of the way. And boy was I wrong in many guesses! I was wrong about who is who and who was dead or not. Although I was also correct in some instances. This is why I said the power of the movie lies in the story. I like thriller movies that keep me guessing and I like it when I'm wrong, because it means the presentation of the narrative was very good. In this case, the twist was expected but it was not the twist I expected, if you get what I mean I knew there would be a twist but I didn't guess it right.
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