The Healing

Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.20 (25 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Horror

Director: Chito Roño

Writer: Roy Iglesias and Chito Roño

Cast: Vilma Santos, Robert Arevalo, Martin del Rosario, Kim Chiu, Janice de Belen, Mark Gil, Pokwang

Synopsis:  Seth (Vilma Santos) takes her stroke-stricken father (Robert Arevalo) to see a faith healer. The next day, he miraculously recovers from his ailment. Amazed by the recovery, Seth’s neighbors all implore her to take them to the healer. Her son from an annulled marriage Jed (Martin del Rosario) also asks her to help him take his stepsister Cookie (Kim Chiu) to be healed. When they arrive, the healer refuses to see them due to her own sickness. But they all insist, and the healer eventually relents. Everybody soon recovers from his or her afflictions, but it turns out that the healing comes at a price. Seth’s entire community is thrown into chaos, and she has to figure out what went wrong. (Click the City)



4.0      Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“Though it stalls the action a little too much, the film is still undeniably fun. It cleverly works in a bit of humor within all the grisly action, and adds a plethora of stylistic touches to make everything feel just a little bit different.” (Read full review)

4.0      Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“Santos’ spine-tingler is far from original, but as it tweaks the narrative conceit that has made Final Destination a box-office-busting film franchise, the movie finds innovative ways to establish an atmosphere of impending doom that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.” (Read full review)

4.0      Kaye Villagomez (Manila Bulletin)

The Healing turns out to be a hold-your-scream-if-you-can horror, capable of drawing jolts and cringe-worthy visuals from even its deadpan viewers.” (Read full review)

4.0      Cinerama Etcetera

The Healing is a well crafted movie that has a very solid foundation — a strong plot that sets the direction of the movie, a lot of blood and gore, great effects (mostly in CGI) — not perfect or seamless but good enough to get the message across, and a superlative cast.” (Read full review)

4.0      Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“All the graphic killing scenes are staged convincingly for maximum gruesome effect and it’s effective as all the actors deliver.” (Read full review)

4.0      Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

The Healing is suited for Pinoy horror fans. It is fun as it is shocking, and non-squeamish viewers should have no problem having a good time.” (Read full review)

4.0       Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Director Chito Roño has created a feasible scenario that hooks his viewers from the start. After all, we have a rich and inherent tradition of interweaving faith, superstition and medical science.” (Read full review)

4.0       Ria Limjap (

” The perfectly timed scares and gory prosthetics are great—generous and visceral.” (Read full review)

4.0       Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Gore, laughter, drama, and supernatural haven’t blended that well in years, and The Healing is a very good representation of that.” (Read full review)

4.0       Starmometer

“The film generates a respectable amount of suspense, thanks to the superb cinematography and editing. It takes a few unexpected turns while covering a familiar territory.” (Read full review)

3.5        Ivan Thoughts

The Healing could have succeeded in a much deeper level, but as it turns out, the only aspect that the film has succeeded to be deep in is the literal wounds displayed on-screen.” (Read full review)

3.5       CINEMA

“Napakakinis ng pagkaka-dirihe ni Chito Rono sa The Healing.  Totoong hindi hinabi ang pelikula para lamang manggulat at manakot sa mga manonood, pagkat maliwanag na may kuwento itong isinasalaysay.” (Read full review)

3.5       Mavin Reyes (Mavin Media Guru)

The Healing succeeds in redefining horror movies in Filipino Cinema. While the past films never take the risk of showing their gory side, The Healing dares to show and take that risk.” (Read full review)

3.0       Rob San Miguel (The Chair)

“Sa mga taong marami nang napanood na horror, mabilis nilang matatanto ang pattern na sinusunod ng pelikula.  Walang masyadong maaasahang twist.  Subalit hindi rin nakakapanghinayang panoorin ang The Healing.” (Read full review)

3.0       Ihcahieh

“This is neither Chito Roño’s best nor worst horror movie, but it does leave you wanting anyway.” (Read full review)

3.0       Film Police

The Healing is a well-built suspenseful and fidgeting hour of scare, madness and faith healing-gone wrong. It’s one of the movies that are downright conventional, so the tendency is to become predictable, but surprisingly, unusually, it works well.” (Read full review)

3.0       Fred Hawson (Fred Said: Movies)

“If it was Kris Aquino who played Seth instead of Vilma Santos, it would just be Feng Shui all over again.” (Read full review)

3.0       Eduardo Dayao (Cinephiles)

“Two words to Mr. Roño and with all due respect: Practical effects. Too many of his horror movies have been sabotaged by really, really, really horrible CGI. Two words to Star Cinema, too: Lead Time. Also, I found the whole white/blue/red/yellow color coding of the scenes terribly annoying and distracting. And do we really have to say ‘doppelganger’? ‘Ka-dobol’ rolls off the tongue so much better. Having said all that, the premise could go either way, to something creepier and darker on one hand to the way Chito Roño eventually chose, which is essentially Final Destination, and really, Feng Shui. It’s fun enough. Not all of the set pieces work but Greta and Kakay’s are my favorites. Ate Vi’s fine (she should do a comedy next). And Kim Chiu is radiant. See it with an audience. It amps the pleasure factor tenfold.”

3.0       Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“What I loved about it was how creepy it really was, kudos to the effective sound and very well paced editing.” (Read full review)

2.5        Stephanie Mayo (Film and Events Check)

“If a solid narrative, and even art direction, is not really an issue to you and you are a Pinoy horror fan seeking for the Chito Roño brand of horror-suspense, then you will surely enjoy this movie.” (Read full review)

2.0        Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“The film is just frustratingly cluttered, serving details and elements, motivations and reactions, all of which do not necessarily fit the material they are forced to support.” (Read full review)

2.0        Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Ho-hum. Surely, Chito Roño and Star Cinema can think of more creative horror stories than constantly remaking Final Destination. This film is so by-the-book: it succeeds in eliciting cheap screams but ultimately feels hollow and derivative.”

2.0        Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“In its attempt to spoon-feed every bit and piece to the audience, the writing ends up unimaginative and belabored.” (Read full review)

2.0        Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Leave it to Vilma Santos to make a horror movie that has more crying than actual scares, not scary at all. I have very little respect for a horror movie that solely relies on shock or surprise. There was no subtlety. And Even Ate Vi’s character was absolutely unnecessary. There was no need for her. At all. But it was nice to see Vilma Santos School of Acting (hysterics) in a horror movie. Also, plus points for Jerrold Tarog, editor AND musical scorer.”

1.0         Eli Guieb (Young Critics Circle)

There’s no healing The Healing. Natuto akong magdasal after watching the movie: ang tanging ‘hiling’ ko, maghilom sana ang mga kasalanan nito sa estetika ng matinong pelikula. Ang konsuwelo ko lang, libre ang panonood ko dahil sa MTRCB card; that’s healing enough for me.”

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