April 13, 2016
Christopher "Kristoff" de Villa (John Lapus) was a closet homosexual with ultra-conservative parents. When he met and fell hard for Carlo (Alex Medina), his swagger and sweet talk, Kristoff left his home to shack up with his new boyfriend. Carlo's ulterior motive though was to milk Kristoff to financially support his coming wedding. This drives Kristoff to declare a curse upon Carlo. When Carlo suddenly got possessed by a gay demon, his childhood friend Fr. Nick (Kean Cipriano), a trained exorcist, was called in to help. Fr. Nick however had his own demons to fight.
By this time, we are already very familiar with John Lapus and his flamboyantly gay characters in numerous films. He dials it down a bit for this one since he was supposed to be a virgin gay guy in the closet. In any case, he is really a very funny actor, especially in scenes with his wacky close friends, Menchu, Cheng and Dra. Vida (played by Nico Antonio, Bekimon and the 2013 Super Sireyna winner Francine Garcia). He also gets to be serious in his scenes with his intolerant parents played by Odette Khan and Menggie Cobarrubias.
Alex Medina was always in character as a slacker who knew he had this appeal with the third sex. They cannot resist his languid gaze and shamelessly takes advantage of them. He seemed like he has been doing this all his life. His most hilarious scenes were those when he was possessed by the gay demon. When the priest asked him who he was and he answered, "Thank you for that wonderful question." LOL! My favorite joke of the film. Medina had the showiest role in the film and he goes to town with it. He had a scene where his head turned 360 degrees, you just have to see the crazy way they did it at their budget.
Since he was playing a priest, an exorcist as that, Kean Cipriano was serious most of the time here, except maybe for that gyrating "7 Deadly Sins" nightmare that he had. He had to underplay his part and he does well in it, being consistent and sincere in his characterization. In several of Cipriano's scenes, director Lemuel Lorca pays tribute to "The Exorcist" (Friedkin, 1973) recreating some iconic scenes, like the priest at the foggy gate, and of course, the exorcism of the young girl (played by Kiray Celis). The film pokes at the attitudes of Catholic priests against gays in Cipriano's scenes with senior priest Fr. Mar (Ces Aldaba).
A film that tackles homosexual issues is not exactly mainstream. However, the comedy-horror approach of this film might just make it click. Ever since its hilarious trailers came out in social media, this film has generated audience buzz. (I have to say though that the trailer revealed a bit too much. It practically told the whole story already and contained a lot of the funniest jokes.) Anyhow, the light-hearted spin on this controversial subject matter made this accessible and entertaining for most audiences, with most of the jokes hitting their mark. Uncomfortable to watch at times, but yes, it works. This is funny stuff. 7/10.