“Seklusyon” Review: Testing Your Faith

SEKLUSYON (2016) Review
Directed by Erik Matti

When you hear the name Erik Matti involved in a film, you know you’re in for an experience you won’t forget and that is probably the best way you can describe his latest horror mystery thriller Seklusyon.

The film takes advantage of its eerie atmosphere from start to finish. This is a feat that is hardly done in local horror movies and it’s one of the most effective way to scare the audience because you’ll feel something might happen even if you say you’re prepared for the scares. That may be the case, but Seklusyon doesn’t use it for the scares which are disappointingly few.

The film’s message though, is more profound than its attempt to scare. It presents the deepest fears of its characters, and in their vulnerable times. These fears test their faith and not in the most convenient way. Rhed Bustamante outshines her fellow cast for her disturbing and effective performance.

The film ends with a strong statement, not particularly against the church but how faith can be deceiving and with the choices we make not because they are good but they are easy.



3.5 stars

“Seklusyon” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Reality Entertainment. An official entry to the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.

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