248th Movie Review: Segunda Mano

A second-rate, trying hard horror film

You will have to excuse me because I won’t discuss the film’s storyline. The thing is, you’d probably be able to guess what happened in the film if you watched one of its trailers. Because while this may not be a sequel or a prequel, it’s very cliché and it doesn’t take long for you to realize that it’s short on creativity and lacking in talent.

The film stars the overexposed Kris Aquino (Age: 40+), GMA Star Dingdong Dantes (Age: 20+), and Angelica Panganiban (Age: 20+). I bolded their ages to emphasize what’s completely wrong in this film. Why don’t you guess it. Is Kris Aquino Dingdong’s mother in the movie? No! Okay…well, is Angelica her daughter? Hell no! Hmm..what else could it be..Oh, I know! Kris Aquino and Dingdong Dantes are lovers? DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING!!!!

Okay now, relax. Don’t puke on your computer screen. Yes, they are in fact, paired as a couple in the film. So instead of having kilig moments, I ended up being disgusted when these two people kiss or embrace each other. They seem to be very nice in real life, and I really have nothing against them. I just thought Kris was a complete miscast. And now that she’s starred in two straight horror films (which aren’t scary) during the Metro Manila Film Festival, I now think that she’ll be typecast for a few more years, which means that I’m going to have to endure her cougar moments once again, because I always get tagged along to watch horror during December.

Let’s talk about the movie itself. The plot wasn’t bad. In fact, if they just worked on it a bit more it could’ve been worthy of best picture, in the MMFF that is. It’s not as boring as Kris’ previous outing, Dalaw, but probably because of the comic relief which was very excessive. The amount of comedy changed the overall mood of a film and made it even less of a horror flick. The movie was muddled with bad sound effects, ho-hum moments and abrupt scene changes.

Still, I didn’t totally hate the movie. If Kris wasn’t in it I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more. In fact, the movie became more bearable when Valerie “Bangs” Garcia stepped in and joked all the way. But I have to look at it as a horror film, and unfortunately, Segunda Mano is anything but.

GRADE: C-

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