My List of Favorite Filipino Horror Movies

My List of Favorite Filipino Horror Movies

Aug 12

Halloween has yet to come but with “The Healing” getting lots of raves from nearly everyone who watched it. People are now checking their list to see if The Healing deserves a spot. Apparently, there’s this film in the rumor mill that is making rounds to get ousted as the best Filipino horror film of all time! But what exactly is that film?

Most people say it’s Feng Shui. But in my world, where some infamous indie horror films rules, I doubt “Feng Shui” as the best there is. It was a promising film and probably could have been great if only without the horror queen. To be honest, I don’t think we have come to the time where we can actually point out the best pinoy horror movie. Probably there are better ones than the other, but to say the best already exists is like saying there’s no hope for our movie industry anymore.

In Hollywood, nothing has exceeded the highest rated horror film in history – Psycho (1960). And even that is not the best. But what makes Hollywood step out in the genre is that they have a diverse array of horror films (aside from the technology and budget). And sadly, we mostly just recycle what we see from them.

Aside from that, the criteria to arrive for the best Filipino horror movie are vague. We can judge and rate a movie based on the “roller coaster of emotions” we’ve experienced by watching it but everyone will come up with a different opinion about the movie when the credits roll. Some will bash the film because of the cringe-worthy horror cliches, cheap jump scares or the horrible acting. And some will praise the film because it frightened the hell out of them.

While most people watch horror to get scared, what scares you may not be what scares someone else. Age, experience and peer pressure are also factors that can change your opinion about a film. Most kids will find any horror film  scary! And adults can just laughed out loud while watching it. Experience (maybe of watching a lot of horror movies) will make one critical about every details, technical aspects and even the underlying messages in the film. Peer pressure is gonna make you choose if you love it like everyone else or if you hate it so you’d be cool, critical and different. It’s also hard to determine what makes a horror movie scary? Personally though, a sense of dread and a handful of scares might be a good foundation.

I can’t promise to come up with a Top 10 List of the Best Pinoy Horror Movies but I’ll try making lists of the scariest, the funniest and the worst. That’s right! Arguably the worst films are easily picked than the bests. Why? Because these movies will drive you mad for wasting your time and your money.

For now, I’ll leave you with a list of my favorites (in no particular order).

  • Vampira
  • The Healing
  • Altar
  • The Road
  • Sukob
  • Wag Kang Lilingon
  • Feng Shui
  • Quija
  • Sigaw
  • Aswang (starring Aiza, Manilyn and Alma)
  • Magandang Hating Gabi
  • Yanggaw
  • Shake Rattle and Roll 12: Punerarya
  • Shake Rattle and Roll 8: LRT
  • Shake Rattle and Roll 8: Undin
  • Shake Rattle and Roll 1: Pridyider
  • Shake Rattle and Roll 2: Aswang
  • Shake Rattle and Roll X: All Episodes
  • Shake Rattle & Roll 7: Tulay
  • Shake Rattle and Roll 2k5: Lihim ng San Joaquin













And yes, The Healing rightfully deserves the raves and criticism. Fortunately, it’s gotten a spot in my favorites! But I still can’t answer which one the films I’ve mentioned above (or Filipino horror movies in general) is the best. Let’s wait for 2012 to end and by then, I can reveal to you the Best Filipino Horror Movie this year! Nominees are Corazon Ang Unang Aswang, The Witness, The Healing, Guni-Guni, Pridyider, Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles, Shake Rattle and Roll 14 and The Strangers.

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