This Week In Cinemas – November 1, 2017

Two local horror movies try their luck against a long-running Hollywood franchise

by Philbert Dy


Three horror pictures are opening in cinemas this week, the world apparently not terrifying enough for the film industry. Two local films, The Ghost Bride and Spirit of the Glass: The Haunted, go up against the eighth Saw movie, Jigsaw. If the violence and death already present in the world is too much for you, you may want to check out the comparatively sedate Loving Vincent. It’s still kind of about death, but the pictures sure are pretty.


Local Releases:





Kim Chiu plays a young woman whose family suffers a series of misfortunes. She is then given a strange proposal: a ritual known as a Ghost Wedding that promises to give her a comfortable life. Chito Roño directs another horror film set in the world of Filipino-Chinese superstition, this time with the added bonus of Alice Dixson talking in Chinese-accented pidgin Tagalog, which is totally not okay, you guys.





So: a group of friends play around with a Ouija board, and unwittingly open the gates to the world of the dead, inviting violent spirits to wreak havoc on them. Horror movies really need to find a new hook. The film stars Maxine Medina, Cristine Reyes and Daniel Matsunaga. Presumably, their good looks will save them from a grisly fate.


Foreign Releases:





Douglas Booth stars as Armand Roulin, the son of a postmaster who ends up going on a journey to deliver Vincent van Gogh’s final letter to his brother Theo. The story has Roulin talking to people who encountered the troubled artist, leading him to look into the mysterious circumstances of his death. But the real story here is how the movie was produced: over 100 artists painting over the live action footage, animating the entire film in the style of Van Gogh’s paintings. This was the opening film of QCinema, and while its story isn’t particularly engaging, the art is indeed rather remarkable.





This is the eighth Saw movie, the franchise seemingly impossible to kill, just like its villain, for whom this latest sequel is named. In the world of Saw, Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) died ten years ago. But new bodies are turning up, all having died the kind of grisly, elaborate deaths associated with the killer. There’s little word on who the protagonists of this film are, because really, this film doesn’t care at all about the victims. It’s come to the point where it really just wants you to root for Jigsaw, in spite of the fact that he is a psychotic, sadistic killer who commits his crimes in the name of teaching people lessons. That hits a little close to home, actually.


Special Engagements:




Starting November 3, the 2016 CInemalaya film Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching gets its limited run in the Cine Lokal cinemas. It stars Janus de Prado as a low level con man who randomly stumbles on to the chance at a fortune at the expense of a well-meaning woman.