Main Cast: Kim Chiu, Vilma Santos
Supporting Cast: Janice de Belen, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Pokwang, Ynes Veneracion, Cris Villanueva
Director: Chito S. Roño
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Distributed by: Star Cinema
MTRCB Rating: R-13 and R-18
CEB Rating: A
Synopsis: A community rushes to a faith healer after learning that one of them was miraculously healed from a deadly disease by the same person. They are torn apart afterwards as the healing brings them a terrible curse that wreaks harm and death.
The Positive: The most unforgettable horror films helmed by Chito Roño like “Sukob” and “Feng Shui” were based from Filipino (and Filipino-Chinese) superstitious beliefs. “The Healing” instantly earns a spot in this roster not just by tackling our culture’s fondness on faith healers but also for being a well-made storytelling that goes far beyond just startling the audience.
The film generates a respectable amount of suspense, thanks to the superb cinematography and editing. It takes a few unexpected turns while covering a familiar territory.
The Negative: The film has a very promising premise until it succumbs to flaws towards the end like the electrocuted spirit and the transfer of the curse to a character who is not qualified to receive it. The “trade off of misfortune” logline is somewhat similar to Feng Shui. It’s not difficult to figure out the twist, in fact, the Hollywood film “Final Destination” will come to mind in as early as the first half.
STARMOMETER SCORE: 8/10