Inspired by age-old Filipino folklore, this frightening thriller is a chilling story about the resurfacing of dark family secrets. When word arrives that grandmother Lola (Caroline Mangosing) has died, Johnny (Darrel Gamotin) and his sister Anna (Nadine Villasin) travel back to the Philippines to learn that they’ve inherited the matriarch’s country estate. Along with their sexy socialite cousin Vanessa (Phoemela Baranda) and mentally challenged resident Tommy (Nicco Lorenzo Garcia), they begin to realize that not only is the farm haunted by Lola’s ghost, but also deeply connected to perilous supernatural forces.
As myths begin to materialize into reality and one of Vanessa’s obnoxious dropout friends suffers a mysterious death, the cousins are threatened by an ominous future. With no way out, Johnny must call upon Lola’s legendary lessons to vanquish monsters and ultimately save his family from doom. Featuring an almost entirely Canadian cast, this modern/traditional horror flick breathes some fresh Filipino life into the genre.
– Heather Keung
Romeo Candido was the first Filipino born in Newfoundland, Canada. In 1998 he made his debut feature Lolo’s Child (Reel Asian Opening Night 1999). In 2003, he and his producer Caroline Mangosing founded The Digital Sweatshop Inc., a film/television production company.