THE GHOST BRIDE (2017) Review
Directed by Chito Roño
From Feng Shui to Sukob, director Chito Roño has seemingly mastered the ways of scaring the Filipino audience and his latest film The Ghost Bride isn’t an exception.
Ghost Bride tells the story of Mayen, whose family is in financial problems. But in an unfortunate event, her father (played by Robert Seña) suffered a chest attack and needs to be treated as soon as possible. But where will they find the money for the hospital and other expenses? Timing it may seem, Anglie Lao (Alice Dixson) enters the picture and gives Mayen a proposal she needed more than ever.
The treatment of the movie is the same as the one we can see and feel in Feng Shui and Sukob. It is familiar but it still works. From jump scares to building the mood, Chito Roño knows when and how to use the scare elements effectively.
But the film doesn’t just offer scares, the production design from the Philippines to Nepal is really impressive and you get to witness that through Neil Daza’s striking cinematography.
Kim Chiu delivers as the main character in this film. Her looks do help to make her character believable but she manages to carry the whole film all throughout. But the experience was made more fun and terrifying with the performances of Alice Dixson, Matteo Guidicelli, Christian Bables, Mon Confiado, Kakai Bautista, Ina Raymundo, Robert Sena and Beverly Salviejo.
The feel of the film isn’t new. But if you’re a fan of Chito Roño’s horror films, you’ll most likely enjoy his latest. It’s another screamfest best to be seen with friends or with the family. The Ghost Bride has all the needed elements for a decent horror film and it’s not just scary but also entertaining.
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“The Ghost Bride” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Star Cinema. Rated PG (?) by the MTRCB.