Guni-Guni

Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.12 (13 ratings)

Genre: Horror

Writer/Director: Tara Illenberger

Cast: Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, Empress Shuck, James Blanco, Gina Alajar, Julia Clarete, Neil Ryan Sese, Ria Garcia, Gerald Pesigan

Synopsis:  Mylene (Lovi Poe) is a medical student. She lives in a boarding house run by Tatay Nanding (Jaime Fabregas), an elderly gentleman suffering from Alzheimer’s. The boarding house is known to be haunted, its residents and visitors regularly feeling the presence of otherworldly beings. But after a particular event, that presence becomes deadly, and the residents of the boarding house soon fall victim to the spirits’ wrath. At the heart of these events are the secrets held by both Mylene and Tatay Nanding, the two forced to confront the sins of the past. (Click the City)

Trailer: 

Reviews:

3.5     Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“Only Lovi, with her husky seventies starlet delivery and her ridiculously long hair can walk us through a slightly convoluted but otherwise engrossing movie.” (Read full review)

3.0     Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“It’s actually Lovi’s first rate performance that redeems the film from the shortcomings of writer-director Tara Illenberger’s own script that left so many unanswered questions.” (Read full review)

3.0     Ihcahieh

“Overall, this one is a good thriller but not without shortcomings in terms of story and the rather unjustified focus on Lovi Poe’s character.” (Read full review)

2.5     CBCP CINEMA

“Hindi malinaw ang daloy ng kwento ng Guni-Guni.  Marami itong butas at katanungan na hanggang sa huli ay hindi nasagot.” (Read full review)

2.0     Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever Carl)

“It wants to tell a lot of thing that in the end nothing much progressed, yet all were hastily ended.” (Read full review)

2.0     Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“It works well with the quiet moments but very underwhelming with the big ones (death scenes, revelations, etc.). Also, multiple POVs could be effective if it has an anchor that pulls everything together. Good to see new names though on the technicals and some are commendable: photography, production design and musical score.”

1.5       Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“There are all sorts of concepts here that might have made for several good films. But put together in this twisty framework, and the result is unavoidably clunky.” (Read full review)

1.5      Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“There are too many disparate concepts that don’t mesh well with the individual predicament of our characters. The by-product is one messy cinematic experience that’s more tiresome than frightful.” (Read full review)

1.5       Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

“The main issue with the film is that there are too many stories being told, and that they never really come together.” (Read full review)

1.5       Armando dela Cruz (Film Police)

“Bugged by a by-partition-hackneyed narrative and execution that falls flat, Guni-Guni is unfortunately predictable, drab and numbingly unscary.” (Read full review)

1.0       Kikko Kalabud (Hot for Movies)

Guni-Guni is true to its title—it’s a film made out of baffling imaginations that you could easily disregard.” (Read full review)

1.0        Cinerama Etcetera

“The movie is like a rusty old roof that needed patching. The questions continue to leak through the haphazard storytelling, and the filmmakers simply assumed that the audiences will fill the gaps themselves.” (Read full review)

Comment:

3.5       Nico Quejano (Pinoy Film Buffs)

“I love how this movie showed how guilt amplifies our fear, even of the unknown. That our past sins manifest itself through the supernatural (subconscious).” (Read full comment)

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2 thoughts on “Guni-Guni

  1. A short story:

    1. One day, the writer and director named Tara Illenberger watched a Thai Movie about conjoined twins.
    2. She thought she could transform it into a Filipino horror movie and people won’t even notice because everyone is an idiot (or so she thought).
    3. It ended up that she was all wrong and people noticed the vast similarity between the story line and the poster. Filipinos turned out to be more intelligent than she had initially perceived.

    Tara Illenberger is a scammer. She scammed people who went to watch this movie filled with great hopes and aspirations for the Filipino movie industry. She scammed people who spent time and money with the promise of seeing something original and entertaining. Tara Illenberger is a SCAMMER. The movie was a total rip-off. A rip-off and that’s all it is.

    Sayang, graduate pa naman sya ng UP.

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