A Palanca-winning comedy about gay best friends for life John (Joross Gamboa) and Mark (Edgar Allan Guzman) whose friendship is put to the test when one of them has a terminal illness and ... See full summary »
Edgar Allan Guzman,
Two strangers met, fell in love fast, and have to decide after three years where their relationship is really going. Will they give up on love or continue to make it last? All of You is sure to make you fall in love over and over again.
Ador (Fernando Poe Jr.) is killed in a drug bust operation after he was betrayed by his fellow cop. His superior devices a plan for his twin brother, Kardo, a provincial cop, to assume his ... See full summary »
Fernando Poe Jr.
Fernando Poe Jr.,
Panday is a blacksmith whose real name is Flavio. When a meteor fell from the sky one night, he forged the metal from the meteor into a dagger, the balaraw. When he raises the dagger to the... See full summary »
In a musical tale about standing together against materialism, two impoverished sisters anguish over whether or not to sell a painting, the final masterpiece by their recluse father. A ... See full summary »
Nica is a daughter of an investigator, who passes a forest and hears the whispers of the "sitsit" - a monster haunting the woods. Slowly, strange things begin to happen to Nica - the same weird happenings that have killed other girls who have seen the monster myth.
Haunted Forest is like a replacement to Lily Monterverde's Shake Rattle Roll series and we are all so fed up with the similarity.
Haunted Forest got nothing new served on the table, it is the same usual Filipino horror film following the traditional and already exhausting plot flow. The difference that this film have to separate itself from other local horror films is its introduction of a new supernatural entity that causes the succeeding unexplainable deaths in a particular province. Being the only horror film in the current festival, it offers no advantage in comparison to last year's festival sole horror film entry Seklusyon. It had a slow start and honestly only showcased its commitment to its genre in the last 15 minutes of the film, but still highly predictable because of its redundancy in presentation. There were sequences as well featuring poorly edited visual effects.
Haunted Forest possibly got its nod from MMFF committee because of its excellent cinematography (who also did a great job on last year's Saving Sally). Jane Oineza could also possibly land nomination as Best Actress, without her compelling acting lead, the film's horror factor will be much lesser convincing. The attempt though to create romantic connection among the four teenage leads also isn't as effective because of its seemingly lack of chemistry as a pair (Jane-Jameson; Maris-Jon). Apart from Jane's superb acting, Maris' natural bubbly personality and Joey Marquez' slapstick comedy help in making the audience bit engaged on screen.
Overall, Haunted Forest is like a replacement to Lily Monterverde's Shake Rattle Roll series and we are all so fed up with the similarity.
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