Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.50 (24 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Mes de Guzman

Cast: Ama Quiambao, Roeder Camañag, Arnold Reyes, Carlo Aquino, Althea Vega, Jose Escobedo, Fredie De La Cruz, Edelyn Escobedo, John Paul Escobedo, Ronal Caranza

Synopsis: Every night, Nana Lusing (Ama Quiambao) lies on her bed sleepless because she sees a dark figure looming in her room. Who is this shadow? Is this the devil? Her late husband? A manifestation of her anxieties? Or simply a figment of her imagination?

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Reviews:

5.0      Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“The devil, in truth, does not come in the form of cloven hooves, forked tails and horns. The devil may very well be our own living flesh, our own spawn, our battle with loneliness, our battle with solitude.” (Read full review)

5.0      Tessa Maria Guazon (Young Critics Circle)

“In Diablo, de Guzman finally masters fluidity missing in his other films. Well lit and beautifully shot, story and locale fuse poetically evoking metaphors of death and life, of endings and beginnings but in a manner so subdued it can be likened to the faintest movement of clouds shrouding a midday sun.” (Read full review)

5.0      Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“Ama Quiambao is terrifyingly effective as a matriarch whose intentions are of the noblest, yet in De Guzman’s careful direction and presentation of Nanang Lusing as a mysterious character, one can help but shiver in even her smallest gestures, a pout of the lips even.” (Read full review)

5.0      Nel Costales (1505 Film Avenue)

“The film soaks the viewers in an atmosphere of dread.” (Read full review)

5.0      Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Marahil ay gustong sundutin ng pelikula ang ilang ills natin sa structure na hindi masyadong conventional kamukha ng isang ina na ang pinapasan ay higit pa sa isang krus.” (Read full review)

5.0      Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“From first frame to the last, de Guzman shows a confidence that is  inherent to a craftsman who knows his vision inside and out. Diablo is an authoritative filmmaking.”

4.0       Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Ama Quiambao dominates the screen with her subdued presence. In her clipped words and restrained grace, you find the patience of a mother who knows only too well what her sons are up to.” (Read full review)

4.0        Eduardo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“The most difficult of the New Breed films, also the most nuanced, the most layered. This may be blasphemous to say but I prefer this over the earnestness of Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa or even Kalimugtong.”

4.0         Ed Ramirez (Cinephiles)

“At it’s core an eery, strange, meticulously crafted family drama.”

3.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It can get a little tedious, but there’s a point to it all. And once the film hits its second act, it picks up considerably, finding strange, existential horror in examining the main character’s relationship with her sons, and the world that offers little comfort to older people.” (Read full review)

3.5        Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

“Cloaked in a thick atmosphere of dread, Diablo exists in the water tank of horror-film physics while slowly peeling off the layers of skin and bones that expose the faults and shortcomings of its characters.” (Read full review)

3.5        Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

Diablo is vastly understated, ambiguous and beautiful, chilling to the core.” (Read full review)

3.5        Keisha Dimayuga (Tinig ng Plaridel)

“A combination of eerie drama with a hint of slapstick enshrouded by the mystery of the true devil, Diablo becomes a challenging genre to sort out.” (Read full review)

3.0        Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Mesmerizingly strange and steeped in the rural milieu, this for me was creepier than most horror movies out there. It’s just that I don’t think my patience with its slow pace was rewarded in the end. I wanted it to involve me a little more, but perhaps Mes de Guzman delights in frustrating viewers who need even just a smidgen of emotional connection to his characters.”

3.0        Rissa Coronel (Katipunan)

“De Guzman capitalizes on suspense, almost making the picture’s two-hour running time seem like a test in patience that reels viewers in with the prospect of finding answers.” (Read full review)

3.0        Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“De Guzman does a very interesting job in getting the audience invested with the direction that the film wants to go to, and once it hit its stride, it gives a good portrayal of a mother who’s alone and the five different sons living five different lives.” (Read full review)

3.0        Present Confusion

“While the buildup is nice enough, the ending feels a bit rushed and ties up many plot threads too quickly (or not at all.)” (Read full review)

3.0        Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“It doesn’t have the usual emotional pull that I’m used to in a Mes De Guzman movie. Maybe Mes is better with non-actors or younger actors. But, somehow, I find this movie the most revealing out of all his movies.”

2.5        Eric Cabahug (InterAksyon)

“It’s not that not much goes on in Diablo. It’s that very few of it is dramatic, or psychological, enough. And the few that are are rendered mute by much that aren’t and by the deliberate pacing of the movie.” (Read full review)

2.5        Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The movie was beautifully shot, the gorgeous landscapes, old house. Breathtaking. I just think that the movie was so glacially paced and a tad uneventful.” (Read full review)

2.0        Ira Lastrilla (Cinephiles)

“Disappointed with my first experience with a Mes de Guzman. It’s some sort of weird, sometimes touching, family drama that I thought went nowhere. It teases us with supernatural and religious elements along with some shades of surreal comedy (the headless chicken!), but really the film is all teasing – in the end, it felt empty and vapid. Still some of the images (what Mes does with natural lighting is remarkable) and sound-work are striking. I’d love to see his other works.”

2.0        Joal Eduarte (Cinephiles)

“Vivid imagery and brief comic reliefs give this a save, but either it’s very complex, very unconventional or just messy.”

1.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“We don’t invest emotionally in any of the characters so we don’t care what happens to them. We just don’t know where they’re coming from as all of them are underwritten.” (Read full review)