Here's a trailer-filled preview to this year's eight MMFF entries
Horror, romance, and...no sequels?!!
(SPOT.ph) While December usually means Christmas celebrations and plenty of traffic, you can also expect a new lineup of Pinoy films in theaters from December 25 to the first week of January. This year's Metro Manila Film Festival entries have the usual elements of comedy, horror, and romance—but we're more surprised that there's no sequel in sight. Here are the eight films you can expect in this year's MMFF lineup.
Honor Thy Father
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz and Meryll Soriano
This crime thriller by director Erik Matti is a gritty look at the lives of a married couple (Cruz and Soriano) after their involvement in a Ponzi scheme goes awry. The film was initially a reserved entry that only made the cut after the historical biopic Hermano Pule dropped out.
Buy Now, Die Later
Starring: Vhong Navarro, Alex Gonzaga, and Janine Gutierrez
Directed by Randolph Longjas, this horror flick features five interconnected stories, with each terrifying tale representing one of the five senses.
Starring: Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa, and Meg Imperial
Despite running into a few behind-the-scenes rough patches, Nilalang re-emerges with a thrilling trailer that depicts a series of brutal murders across Japan and the Philippines. Cesar Montano plays a police investigator who enlists the help of the head of Tokyo's criminal underworld (Ozawa).
Starring: Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel, and Jerome Ponce
Directed by Jun Lana, the movie revolves around a student retreat that goes horribly wrong after a series of supernatural events. According to Regal Entertainment, the film was actually shot in a real haunted mansion.
Beauty and the Bestie
Starring: Vice Ganda and Coco Martin
The exact plot is still unclear at this point but based on the trailer, this action-comedy involves the reunion of two estranged best friends. The film also stars James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
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Starring: Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Alden Richards, and Maine Mendoza
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes, the film stars Vic Sotto as Maine Mendoza's father and Ai-Ai delas Alas as Alden Richards' aunt. If the trailer is any indication, the plot will revolve around the blossoming relationship between AlDub's characters, which both Vic and Ai-Ai's characters oppose.
All You Need is Pag-Ibig
Starring: Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Ian Veneracion, and Jodi Sta. Maria
That Thing Called Tadhana director Antoinette Jadaone returns to the silverscreen with a new, relatable rom-com that showcases the different kinds of love we experience.
Starring: Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado
Folks of the hugot crowd ought to make a beeline for this rom-com helmed by Dan Villegas. It revolves around Mia (Mercado), a celebrated romance writer whose failed relationship renders her cynical. Years later, she is forced to reunite with the ex-boyfriend that broke her heart.