When we were kids, we were always enticed with mysterious stories about white lady, aswang, doppelganger, and evil spirits. Well, today is the perfect day to relive that enticement and fascination with horror stories. We list down eight spine-chilling and hair-raising local films that will surely make you jump out of your skin. And thanks to Netflix because you can actually watch these films right at this moment on their platform.
So what are you waiting for? Sit back on your most comfortable couch or bed, and start watching these films to experience the most memorable (or perhaps traumatic) Halloween in your life.
Director: Yam Laranas
Leana and her younger sister Rita look for missing bodies in the wreckage after a passenger ship runs aground on rocks off an island.
The Anne Curtis-starred film is an official entry to the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival and inspired by the 1987 disaster of MV Doña Paz’s collision with MT Vector.
2. Banal (2019)
Director: Peter Abana
A group of five youths are hiking on their way to a sacred mountain as paranormal hauntings resurface en route through the forest.
The Filipino psychological horror film stars Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Andrea Brillantes, Taki and Kim Last.
3. Eerie (2019)
Director: Mikhail Red
The unexpected and gruesome death of a student threatens the existence of a Catholic school for girls.
The film is the 4th feature film of the award-winning director Mikhail Red. It features Bea Alonzo, Charo Santos-Concio, Jake Cuenca, Maxene Magalona, Mary Joy Apostol, Gabby Padilla, Gillian Vicencio, and Ery Ziann Reyes. Eerie first premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival in December 2018.
Director: Jun Lana
The film follows a group of high school kids who are spending the night in a retreat house. When they learn that the retreat house is haunted, they set out to look for the ghosts just for fun, but find out soon enough that the urban legends are real.
The supernatural-horror film is an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival and produced by Regal Entertainment. Originally entitled Rest House, the script of the film took five years to finish.
Director: Erik Matti
A family is haunted by what appears to be the ghost of the youngest daughter.
Starring Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Heneral Luna actor John Arcilla, the film competed at various film festivals, including the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) in Japan and Oslo International Film Festival (OIFF) in Norway.
Director: Frasco Mortiz
People attend a wake in the Philippines and shake off the spirits of the dead before heading home.
The blockbuster film starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla won the Youth Choice Award at the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival. The film also received more than 10 nominations at the same festival.
Director: Jose Javier Reyes
The Haunted has the same premise as the first Spirit of the Glass film. A group of friends go to the province, play the ouija board and encounter spirits. A mystery will be set to be solved and then, secrets will be revealed.
The film stars Cristine Reyes, Daniel Matsunaga, Maxine Medina, Benjamin Alves, Ashley Ortega, Enrico Cuenca, Janine Gutierrez, Dominic Roque, and Aaron Villaflor.
8. Sunod (2019)
Director: Carlo Ledesma
It centers on a woman who’s desperate to find the cure to her daughter’s illness. She takes a job at a call center, only to be haunted by the ghost in it.
The film was nominated in every single category at the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival and eventually bagged the Best Cinematography and Best Production Design awards.
Visit Netflix official site or install Netflix app on your phones or TV to watch these spine-tingling Filipino horror films.
You can watch some local films on MOOV, Cinema Centenario’s video on-demand online channel.