Present in the special screening are GMA 7 executives including Atty. Felipe Gozon himself, Kapuso artists Tim Yap and Aljur Abrenica, special guest the Megastar Sharon Cuneta, and the movie’s young casts Barbie Forteza, Alden Richards, Lexi Fernandez and Renz Valerio, director Yam Laranas, and selected movie bloggers.
Although I am not really a big fan of Pinoy horror flicks simply because more often that not, it turned into a comedy film because of bad acting and poor movie production (special effects), I don’t want to miss this one because it is a Yam Laranas movie.
The only Pinoy thriller or horror flick that gives me the shiver are “Nasaan Ka Man” by Cholo Laurel, “Dagim” by Joaquin Pedro Valdez and “Bulong” by Yam Laranas which I still believe is far scarier than its Hollywood version “The Echo“.
Known for his unorthodox brand of film-making, “The Road” director Yam Laranas (Sigaw/The Echo) promises to treat moviegoers to a fresh new approach to horror.
“Nakakatuwa nga kasi meron kaming listahan ng mga eksenang hindi na dapat isama sa pelikula kasi gasgas na: yung mga tipong hinihila sa ilalim ng kama, yung may tatapik sa likod mo tapos paglingon mo kaibigan mo lang pala, etc. Sabi ko, ‘pag walang kinalaman sa istorya, wag na nating ilagay.’ Kasi yung audience -lalo na yung mga mahihilig sa horror – alam na nila lahat ‘yan e. Hindi mo sila mabobola. At feeling ko nakakahiya sa audience kung ang ipapakita mo sa kanila ay ang mga bagay na napanood na nila,” Laranas said.
As for my own opinion, the movie is well directed. One thing that I like about this film is its cinematography and its hauntingly beautiful musical scoring created by Swedish composer Johan Soderqvist who received international recognitions for his score in the 2009 horror-thriller, Let the Right One In.
Also did great for her role is Carmina Villarroel who plays the wicked mom of Alden Richards. As much I wanted to share my favorite scene from the movie, I don’t want to be a spoiler and will just let you decide once you saw the movie. All I know is that Carmina Villarroel’s scene with the equally-talented Marvin Agustin is the one you should watch out!
Over-all, I was entertained. Although I easily figured out the killer (but that’s just me), I still give director Yam Laranas the credit for a job well done. The Road has a good story, although it wasn’t as gory as I was hoping it should be, it has the right amount of creepiness except it fails when Barbie Forteza showed up in the scenes. And may I add that I love the movie posters they created. Very good artwork.
Also starring in the film are John Regala, Lloyd Samartino, Gerald Madrid, Allan Paule, Dex Quindoza, Ana Abad Santos and Ms. Jacklyn Jose.
Opens this coming November 30 in theaters nationwide.
And here’s a personal video message from the Kapuso tween stars promoting “The Road”: