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13 Local Horror Films To Binge-Watch This Long Weekend

These Pinoy films will give you the creeps
by Emmanuel Calingacion | Nov 1, 2018
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More often than not, Filipino horror films get a bad rap for their cliché scare tactics and run-of-the-mill plots, but there are some that will make you keep the lights open. So if you’ve got some fright night hangovers as we do, then you've come to the right place.

What better way to keep yourself occupied (and scared shitless) than with some horror movie binge-watchingAnd these aren’t your usual Hollywood (or Japanese) horror flicks. We’ve collected our favorite local scare-tastic flicks because we know it's more terrifying when it hits closer to home. Whether it's diving into folklore and mythology or tapping into our most deep-seated fears, these 13 movies will keep you company ‘til the wee hours of the night if you dare.

Seklusyon

A miraculous healing child that cries blood, a (possibly demonic) nun, and the curiosity of what lies behind the sacred doors of a monastery is what makes Seklusyon the scariest and most well-done horror movie in the Philippines. The movie delves into religion and blind faith, showing that we need to understand the difference between the blessings of God and the works of the Devil.

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T2

If you’re interested in horror movies that build the tension before executing a decent amount of jump scares, T2 would be one of the best examples. It follows Claire (Maricel Soriano) as she tries to save Angeli (Mika Dela Cruz) from fairies or engkantos who are trying to taking her back to their world. Who knew fairies could be so cruel and downright scary?

The Healing

We've all heard of faith healers and the wonders they can do. Imagine having a terminal illness, and being healed only to find out that death is now chasing after you. You should know by now: death escapes no one.

Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang

Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang offers a look into one of the Philippines’ most well-known mythological creature, the aswang. It revolves around a couple (Erich Gonzales & Derek Ramsay) and their horrific troubles of conceiving a child during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.

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Numbalikdiwa

The idea of cannibalism is so taboo that it’s still disturbingwhich is why Numbalikdiwa’s unconventional story is a great Halloween movie marathon staple. It pushes beyond the idea of ghosts, demons, and jump scares, and pulls you back to the reality that sometimes humans are just as terrifying. 

Sundo

If you’re a fan of the Final Destination franchise, then Sundo might be your less gory local alternative. We always say, "if it's your time, it's your time." And for those of you who can't accept death is coming for us all, this film will make you realize that death will persistently haunt us until it has succeeded in taking our lives.

Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay

If you don't know the tradition of pagpag, then you need to listen up. After visiting a wake, you shouldn't go home immediately because old people say the spirits will follow you home, so you should, uhm, shake them off. And if you don't--actually, we'll let the film explain that for us.

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The Road

Pre-AlDub Alden Richards, FHM’s Muse for October Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza, and Louise De los Reyes star in this psychological horror that focuses on some pretty gruesome murders and abductions that occurred on this particular roada secret that has been kept for 30 years.

Sigaw

Sigaw is one of the most successful Filipino horror films that gained international recognitionas a matter of fact, it has its own Hollywood remake. The film received such recognition because of its concept and the plot twist at the end. Next time you hear sounds from the other side of the wall, you're going to have to think twice before checking what it is.

Sukob

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Kris Aquino film—but don’t worry, we included two of her iconic horror flicks. The first would be Sukob, another film about common superstitions and why we should follow them. Leave the deets of your wedding to be the horror story for wedding planners. Just make sure you don't get married on the same year as your sister, and you'll be fine.

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Dementia

Norah Aunor plays a woman with dementia, if that wasn't obvious enough. The film explores the horrors of memory loss, impaired reasoning, and the manifestation of strange visions. How messy could your brain get before it breaks and changes your entire being and the people around you?

Pwera Usog

Pulling pranks on people and catching it on camera is one way to get your vlog trending on the internet. It will surely get you some likes and subscribes. But be careful who you prank, though. It might turn out to be a vengeful soul. Take a tip or two from this film.

Feng Shui

Considered as one of the best Filipino horror movies ever made, Chito Roño’s Feng Shui continues to evoke fear in every viewer’s hearts even after 14 years. This film cemented Kris Aquino’s reputation as the Box Office Horror Queen. Be careful what you believe, especially certain items that are said to enhance your luck. Because when something is given, there's bound to be something taken.

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