Seklusyon: Beyond the Horror - Movie Review


It's been months since the MMFF2016 buzz started, and now that the competition is days away, I decided to join in the ride. I think all selected movies are promising and worth the watch unlike those of the previous years. I bet this will enlighten producers to make quality films rather than a 2-hour advertisement. LOL!


Enough of the fuzz, yesterday I got invited to watch Seklusyon by Erik Matti - one of the entries in the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival. The star-studded premiere was held at SM Megamall and presented by HOOQ Hangouts as part of their partnership with the said festival. Don't worry, no spoilers ahead. 

Seklusyon has a simple premise. Deacons are placed in a secluded area on their last 7-days of training. There they encounter evil in its purest form, or should I say Anghela? A kid with special abilities...'re not going to get it from me. Anyway, the story was set in the 40's and you can tell it from the texture of its cinematography. The grainy effect gives it a feel that something unknown is going to happen and it adds up to the experience. I don't like some of the actor's interpretation of their characters. Not sure if it's intentional or the director's way of telling that this film is an allegory of our current social issues, but their delivery of dialogue doesn't sound like their era. The premise itself is beyond horror and I don't think jump scares are necessary but well common movie goers loves that, so shut up na lang ako. 


Erik Matti is one of the directors I look up to since Pa-Siyam, OTJ and Honor Thy Father. Seklusyon is a promising movie and deserves to line up on this year's Metro Manila Film Festival, but I think the casting failed. I still encourage you to watch it in theaters though, because the movie as a whole is a new horror experience you should never miss. 

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