While some people love horror movies, there are those who don’t find it appealing. Is it because they’re scared? Maybe. Or, it’s simply not worth the time. It might be just that as there are indeed a number of horror films (international and local) that are only terrifying thanks to “special effects”.
The story is essential, too. No matter how spine-chilling the effects are or how great the cinematography is, people won’t watch or remember it. But not these films – Tiyanak (1988), Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (1995), Feng Shui (2004), TxT (2006), and Sukob (2006). The special effects used in these films may not be as good as they are today and it’s been years since their release but each left a mark.
There are many other films that give you the chills as well as great narrative. In fact, these three films came to mind.
1. Wag Kang Lilingon (2006)
(Don’t Turn Away or Don’t Look Back)
A twin-bill movie about a nurse, Melissa, who tries to uncover the killer behind the deaths in the hospital she works in and Angel who makes a wish at the old mirror found in the house they moved in.
The 2006 supernatural horror film follows a formula we’ve seen from the Shake, Rattle & Roll series – 3 different tales in 1 film. But in Wag Kang Lilingon’s case, it is divided into 2 related ones. Uyayi (Lullaby), the first part of the film features the story of nurse Melissa while the second part, Salamin (Mirror) tells the story of a family moving to a new house that has been uninhabited for years.
Despite the similar formula, Wag Kang Lilingon took the character and story development to new level. We were part of Melissa’s journey to uncover the truth behind the murders in Uyayi and understood everything in Salamin. But the film’s ending took quite a turn giving viewers the best surprise a horror movie could give.
You can watch this on iFlix and hooq.tv.
2. The Road (2011)
Investigators reopen a 12-year-old cold case after three teenagers disappear while traveling along a particularly infamous stretch of road.
The Road is split into 3 parts (2008, 1998 and 1988), a familiar formula in Filipino horror films. But what sets The Road apart from others is its unique style blended with powerful visuals and development.
The film gave us a one path to follow. Though there were some bumps along the way, each part (2008, 1998 and 1988) dug deeper making the narrative even more interesting. It showed that The Road is more than just a horror film with ghosts.
You can watch this on iflix.
3. Haunted Mansion (2015)
The film follows a group of high school kids who are spending the night in a retreat house. When they learn that it is haunted, they set out to look for ghosts just for fun but find out soon enough that the urban legends are real.
You may have seen another movie with the same title but this is not what you think it is. Haunted Mansion is produced by Regal Entertainment, the same one that produced the Shake, Rattle & Roll series which follows a 3-part format. But you will not see that here.
Though Haunted Mansion featured elements we have encountered before such as a character with third eye, black magic, and the title itself, the film gave viewers more than that. Director Jun Lana perfected all the elements in making a horror film a proper horror film especially the intense story build up.
You can watch this on hooq.tv.
There you have it. Now you can plan your scary movie marathon this Halloween. Happy watching!