“Haunted Mansion” is a Regal Films horror movie which is one of the entries in the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Review has no spoiler whatsoever.
Main Cast: Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortell, Jerome Ponce
Supporting Cast: Sharlene San Pedro, Devon Seron, Ingrid dela Paz, Phytos Ramirez, Eliza Pineda, Paulo Gumabao, Janice de Belen, Dominic Ochoa, Iza Calzado
Director: Jun Lana
Released by: Regal Films
MTRCB Rating: PG
Opening Date: December 25, 2015
Gist: A group of high school students spends the night in a old mansion. When they learn that the house is haunted they set to look out for ghosts just for fun, but they find out soon enough that the urban legends are real.
The Positive: The film succeeds in building up tension and keeping the story from being predictable. The technical aspects are very strong from sounds to cinematograpy, and from make-up to production design. The lighting and the location itself create a pretty decent horror experience. The main cast, on the other hand, is all right. The standout in the cast, however, is Iza Calzado who established a scary presence in the second half of the film.
“Haunted Mansion” broke some rules in horror movie storytelling (i.e. the sequence of who will die among the characters) but perhaps the director is just keen in avoiding cliches.
STARMOMETER SCORE: 8.5/10
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