Diplomat Hotel1Verdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.95 (11 ratings)

Genre: Thriller

Writer/Director: Christopher Ad Castillo

Cast: Gretchen Barretto, Art Acuña, Mon Confiado, Joel Torre, Nico Antonio, Sarah Gaugler, Channel Delatorre, Brooke Chantelle, Abe Pagtama, Alvin Anson, Luchie Maranan, Carl Alexander Acosta, Karen Navarette Anton, Miel Riley Ribon, Evangeline Flora, Mica Panis, Michelle Panis, Jennylyn Samiana, Mark Anthony Marquez, Whammy Alcazaren

Synopsis: Victoria Lansang (Barreto) is a popular news reporter who has been requested to mediate a hostage crisis. And in front of a national television audience, something horribly goes wrong and people are killed while Victoria suffers a mental breakdown. A year later, she’s eager to get back into the game. However, the only assignment she can get is to do a documentary on the last night of The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, a crumbling and abandoned building infamously known for its bloody past and its hauntings. Looking for redemption, she arrives there with her crew and they start filming. But as they get deeper into the night, the place starts to exert its will on them and they find out exactly what monstrous evil awaits at The Diplomat Hotel.  By daybreak, their lives will never be the same again.

MTRCB Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 86 mins.

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Reviews:

3.5         Paul Alcantara (Katipunan)

“One thing is for sure: Christopher Ad. Castillo, the film’s director, understands the scare factor. All of the film’s technical elements smoothly and effectively come together to get as many screams from the audience as possible.” (Read full review)

3.0         Ihcahieh

The Diplomat Hotel will thrill you enough to enjoy it, but you would probably not remember it as a film that added something new to an already tired genre.” (Read full review)

3.0         Irvin Malcolm Contreras (A Girl and a Gun)

“There are some genuinely creepy and frightening moments in this film, no doubt shooting in the actual Diplomat Hotel (it’s a real place and it also has a reputation for being haunted) helped immensely. Unfortunately the lead actress, Gretchen Barretto, is kind of weak for what is a rather complex role and hampers what could have been a pretty good horror flick.” (Read capsule review)

2.0         Geoff Review

“What made me disappointed with The Diplomat Hotel is that it does not go out of the box in exploring the horror and suspense genre. To me, everything about it was typical, from the scaring tactics to the style, right down to the storyline.” (Read full review)

2.0         Jessica Zafra (Jessica Rules the Universe)

“If the intention of The Diplomat Hotel is to make the audience feel like they’re in The Diplomat Hotel, it has succeeded. We enjoyed it, though not in the way it was meant to be enjoyed.” (Read full review)

2.0         Renelson Morelos (Re[e]l Thoughts)

“Its major downside is an underwhelming screenplay, which presented a not-so-credible lead character (portrayed by an otherwise beautiful and elegant Gretchen Barretto) whose supposed ‘mental’ trouble is rather vaguely conveyed. This is a fatal flaw for a story that aims (or so I think) to present a troubled celebrity persona trying to find her redemption through a potentially tabloid-ish comeback vehicle.” (Read full review)

1.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“When you have a prominent ghost location, it sets the mood for something that will build up the tension and fear; instead, all those fears came from the characters themselves and it leaves no attachment to the viewers.” (Read full review)

1.5         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Hindi ako filmmaker pero may impression ako na parang bulag ang direktor sa kung ano ang suwabeng pag-arte. Paliko-liko ang mga artista rito (mula kay Gretchen Barretto hanggang kay Art Acuña) na parang walang pupuntahan.” (Read full review)

1.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The mainstream has never suffered from a lack of horror flicks, and though a lot of it is pretty bad, there is often room in there for original visions. But even that can’t be said of The Diplomat Hotel; a poorly made, muddled mess of a film that seems to just peter out.” (Read full review)

1.0         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Gretchen Barretto’s character says near the start of the film, ‘Everybody needs redemption.’ She might as well be talking about everyone involved in this production because they sure need all the redemption they can get after this overwrought, horribly acted film that does not really offer something that hasn’t been done before.”

1.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Everyone becomes hysterical for reasons that aren’t really clear and they all resort to histrionics. The end result is that it doesn’t really scare but only annoy the viewers.” (Read full review)