Whenever Erik Matti makes a horror film, he says, he always looks for ways to elicit a proper "terrified" reaction from those watching.
He's not one for subtlety. So when he had a chance to direct a new one, Matti made sure that it will be something that he can be proud of — one that he, by his own standards, can call "real horror."
Matti opened up about "Kuwaresma" on Instagram this Tuesday, saying that it "has all the ingredients of a really fun horror movie."
He teased that the movie, set for release this May, has "ghosts, mystery, whodunnit, human frailties, crazy characters, Azarel the devil and a dead dog that comes alive."
He shared that it was a "blessing" to direct "Kuwarsema," explaining that horror is one of his favorite genres.
He counts "The Changeling," the "schlocky Italian horrors" and the "campy ghost erotica horrors" as his inspirations.
"Any chance I have to make a horror film is always a blessing. And when I say horror, I mean, real horror," he wrote. "I don't pitch art films disguised as horror films where the idea of horror is a stranger writhing in pain in an empty street naked."
"I always am up to the challenge to do a horror film that can get a proper terrifying reaction from the audience. Restraint is good but horror doesn’t truly work entirely if it's too subtle."
"I am pretty proud of #Kuwaresma."
"Kuwaresma" is billed as the first horror movie of Sharon Cuneta.
It's about a family haunted by what appears to be the ghost of their youngest daughter. Check out the trailer below:
It is Matti's newest horror flick after "Seklusyon," which earned him the best director award of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival. It is set for a May 15 release.