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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 6, 2019

This Year's Metro Manila Filmfest Entries Not As Good Previous Years

MOTHER LILY MONTEVERDE is sad that Regal’s entry, “One Great Love”, is one of the cellar dwellers at the box office in the recently concluded Metro-Manila Filmfest, even if it won 3rd best picture and Dennis Trillo won as best actor.

We’ve already told her before that her best bet in the annual festival is always a horror movie, as shown by the incontrovertible good track record of her 15 “Shake, Rattle & Roll” franchise series and two “Haunted” movies, “Haunted Mansion” and “Haunted Forest”.

This early, Regal should start cooking up their entry for the next Metro filmfest and it better be a no frills horror flick that aims to scare. This year’s horror entries, “Aurora” and “Otlum”, are both lame, badly executed horror movies that failed to offer any real scares at all. If Regal had its usual horror entry, it would surely be one of the top grossers this year.

Truth to tell, majority of the entries in this year’s film festival are mostly disappointing. Only “Rainbow Sunset” tackles serious themes and it’s above par compared to the rest of the entries which are sloppily made.

No wonder that most of the entries had difficulty attracting moviegoers to actually go to the theaters and watch them. Talagang tinamad ang mga taong manood, especially now that the price of theatre tickets have become so prohibitive. If the people running the filmfest would claim that the total box office take this year is P1 billion, we're positive that they're lying.

So let's just hope that the 2019’s filmfest this coming December will yield a better harvest of quality movies that are truly worth watching. Local producers have now one year to prepare their projects to make sure they’ll come up with much better entries this year. And the screening committee better does a good job of choosing worthwhile entries this time.