Early this year, VIVA International Pictures gave us the heart-pumping blockbuster horror movie, The Boy. If you’re one of those who enjoyed the psychological tension brought by its leading character, Brahms, then brace yourself for another story of an ominous boy in VIVA Films’ Elemento.
While on a field trip to a forest, grade-school student Lucas (Albert Silos) gets a call of nature and relieves himself among the foliage. Unknown to him, he was being observed by a couple of children who seem displeased by his deed. Upon his return home, Lucas starts to exhibit unusual behavior that makes even his own dog ill at ease around him.
Kara (played by Cristine Reyes), who is a very doting mother to Lucas, also cannot ignore the fact that her mild-tempered son has become menacing. A neighbor (played by Elizabeth Oropesa) tells her of the dreadful possibility that something from the woods may have possessed her son. Kara’s fear intensifies when she receives a call from a boy who sounds like Lucas, frantically begging her to rescue him in the forest. The harrowing ordeal that follows also leads to a shocking discovery.
Elemento is Mark Meily’s first creative venture into the horror genre. Aside from being the director, he also wrote the screenplay, basing it on his own child’s supernatural experience. As evident in the trailer, Meily has made a gripping movie that is worth watching in full. His roster of films include the acclaimed movies like Crying Ladies, La Visa Loca, ABNKKBSNPLAko, and award-winning historical masterpieces Baler, and El Presidente.
Playing the role of Lucas, this film is a big break for young actor Albert Silos who appeared in Turo Turo which was part of MMFF New Wave competition last December. Elemento also stars Jake Cuenca as Lucas’ father.
“Elemento” opens in Philippine cinemas April 6, 2016 from VIVA Films and Thriverion Media Production.