“Eerie” marks the filmmaker’s first foray into horror, though it’s not the first time that he’d used the genre’s trappings as he had in 2016’s “Birdshot”. The film stars Bea Alonzo, Charo Santos-Concio, Maxene Magalona, Jake Cuenca, and Mailes Kanapi.
Here’s the full plot summary from SGIFF:
In the Philippines of 1995, guidance counselor Pat is a listening ear for all the students of St Lucia’s Convent. Compassionate and empathetic, Pat grieves with her girls after one of them commits suicide in a bathroom stall—the same one in which another student, Eri, died years before. What the St Lucia’s girls don’t know, however, is that Pat possesses a secret clairvoyant ability, one that allows her to become a sympathetic ear to the ghost of Eri, who has never left St Lucia’s halls.
After the mysterious death of yet another girl at the convent, Pat decides to use her ‘sessions’ with Eri to dig deeper into the troubling phenomenon— only to discover that her key witness may not be as reliable as she seems. At the same time, Pat’s human relationships are sent into a spiral when she discovers the convent’s dark history of physical punishment and abuse. By the time Pat is through with this supernatural saga, she’ll be left with a renewed purpose… and a lot of haunting questions.
Select stills from Mikhail Red’s “Eerie”.
From the same program, SGIFF also highlights Filipino short features, such as Carlo Manatad’s “The Imminent Imament”, Andrew Stephen Lee’s “Manila is Full of Men Named Boy”, Josef Gacutan’s “Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin”, and Raymund Gutierrez’s “Judgment”.
The 2018 Singapore International Film Festival will happen from November 29th thru December 9th. I’d say it’s fine to hold out for the hope that “Eerie” will make its local premiere shortly thereafter.