ANG PAGSANIB KAY LEAH DELA CRUZ (Review)
Directed by Katski Flores
From marketing the film as from the makers of Seklusyon, you’ll already have this kind of expectation that it will offer something worth your time. While it may not reach Seklusyon‘s impressive storytelling, Ang Pagsanib kay Leah dela Cruz brought more scares than the award-winning film.
Katski Flores’ comeback to full-length feature and her first horror film offers what horror fans are asking for: scares. But more than that, its eerie atmosphere which is rarely seen or felt in local horror films is what made the film easy to build up its scares.
Shy Carlos is definitely one of the actress today everyone should look forward to seeing. She can play the innocent young woman and at the same time this insane and scary other person. She definitely understands what the character of Leah dela Cruz needs in order to make the film more effective in telling her story and at the same time, scare the audience.
We get to see a very different Sarah Lahbati in the film. One that isn’t the damsel in distress but is the one brave enough to face demons. Her portrayal of an inactive duty cop who’s having a hard time staying strong because of the personal problems she’s going through is on point. We’d love to see her in more challenging roles in the future.
Julian Trono gets more exposure in this film than his previous projects, but takes advantage of it by proving that he deserves the spot. He gets to be the comedy relief of the film or at least in the first arc of the film and then goes into something we’ve never seen him do before.
Overall, the film serves its purpose and that is to scare. Its use of eerie atmosphere and a physical demon is effective in building up and executing the scares. And its themes of tackling beliefs, parenting, family, religion and politics are timely and relevant.
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Ang Pagsanib kay Leah dela Cruz” opens in cinemas June 28 from Kamikaze Pictures, Reality Entertainment and VIVA Films. Rated R-13 without cuts by the MTRCB.