Monday, January 16, 2017

ILAWOD setting a standard on how Filipino horror films should be that scary

I've known Director Dan Villegas for his romantic comedy films like "English Only, Please" "#WalangForever" and "Always Be My Maybe," the latter being my most favorite. It was kinda surprising to know that he directed a horror film "Ilawod" which I happened to watch on its celebrity screening last January 7, 2017 at Cinema 7, SM Megamall.

Ilawod is the story of a family’s breakdown in the midst of a demonic attack. Dennis, a reporter (Ian Veneracion), accidentally invites the ilawod (Isla portrayed by Therese Malvar) –the elemental of water that flows downstream–into his home, where it latches onto his young son, Ben (Harvey Bautista). What follows is a battle for not just the family’s lives, but their souls as well.

Iza Calzado deserves to be named as the Versatile Star of All Genre as she has proven once again her mettle in acting. She was both caring and provocative in her role as wife of Ian's character. Her scene while watching on a CCTV as to what happened to his so was splendid.
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Though Ian and Iza are playing a married couple also in their teleserye "A Love To Last," what they offered in the film was way different. They deliver very well in both frightening and romantic scenes.

I was afraid going home after watching the film as I was alone at home and there's a water leak in my aircon. So I have to go somewhere before going home (parang nag-pagpag lang) and need to ensure that all lights are up when I sleep. I think "Ilawod" will set the standard as to how Filipino horror films should be that scary. The film lived up to the word "horror."

The scary musical score was all over the place which I thought suggested a horror scene to popped out. I sometimes got disappointed because there's none but I think it was an effective way to build up the eerie feeling that I got more tensed already on the real scary scenes. It was a fright-filled experience that delivers superior chills.

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Therese Malvar being known for being recognized her international recognition was still a revelation for me because of her sensual take on her character. You'll get attracted and at the same time fearful of her.

Harvey Baustista and Xyriel Bautista were both effective in their roles. They kept me more involved in the story.

The film's cinematography and production design made a perfect visual for a creepy movie experience.

Would you dare going to the bathroom alone after watching the film?

“Ilawod” opens in Philippine cinemas January 18, 2017 from Quantum Films, MJM Productions, Tuko Film Productions, Inc. and Buchi Boy Entertainment.

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