The trend nowadays with horror films is the concept of making your audience curious and puzzled. Mind solving the killing patterns or the curse source excites me as a viewer & this film gave me that kind of thrill. There are two (2) versions of this movie, the R13 and the R18, you choose according to your horror tolerance.
The Healing is a film by Star Cinema directed by Chito Rono starring Ms. Vilma Santos who is celebrating her 50th year in showbiz together with Kim Chiu, Martin Del Rosario, Janice de Belen, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Allan Paule, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Ces Quesada, Ynez Veneracion, Simon Ibarra, Abi Bautista, Joel Torre, Chinggoy Alonso, Mon Confiado, Carmi Martin and Pokwang.
The Healing is a story of a passed on curse through Healing, a Filipino tradition asking help from faith healers to cure their sickness. The mystery happened after the miraculous faith healer broke the rule of healing a dead person & those who are healed after that incident will be killed using the concept of Doppelganger.
- Concept – Healing, Doppelganger & breaking the curse concepts are nicely weaved & that made it an effective film.
- Cast – Ms. Vilma Santos being the main character, Pokwang & Janice De Belen stood out in this movie, they did a great job on their respective support roles.
- Color coordination of casts– I really thought this has something to do with the story or the mystery curse, unfortunately, this has nothing to do with anything. I think they did this to confuse the audience.
- Effects – Most Philippine horror always fail on this aspect but I think The Healing did pretty well on executing effects. They did it on minimal.
- Blurred Effects on Vilma – I noticed this, weather far or close up shot on Vilma, blurry effects are cast on her. I think they did this to enhance her shot and her look. I have nothing against it, it is her prerogative and it worked okey, not seamless though.
Scenes I don’t Like:
- Oven toaster scene that killed Kim Chu’s doppelganger
- Peter Serrano’s hostage scene, a little over the top acting.
An excellent job to Star Cinema! It is given that we support local films, but with The Healing, you’ll make your money’s worth.
Ps. Mr. Funanimous