ManaVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.88 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Horror

Writer/Director: Gabby Fernandez

Cast: Cherie Gil, Mark Gil, Tetchie Agbayani, Ricky Davao, Jaime Fabregas, Jeffrey Quizon, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio

Synopsis: The matriarch of a prominent Negros family lies on her deathbed. Her children return to their ancestral home to deal with issues of inheritance and their dark family history. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 105 mins.

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Reviews:

4.0         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

Mana is a commendable work for its very different take on one of Philippine folklore’s popular creatures. It does so with virtually no blood and gore and in the most economic means possible (happening only within a day’s span and in an almost single setting).” (Read full review)

3.0         Oggs Cruz (Spot.ph)

“Deliberately paced, embellished with a visual and aural design that is spare but effective, and delightfully unhinged, the film manages to balance its  horror aspirations with what it tries to allude to.” (Read full review)

2.5         Rob San Miguel (BrunPhilippines)

“The fine performances of the ensemble cast help move the narrative but the actors seem to be on their own. The screenplay and the editing impede the storytelling rather than propel it to its dramatic end.” (Read full review)

2.0         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“A certain degree of urgency is vital when you’re laying down ‘monsters’ on your cinematic platter. You don’t get the necessary effect based on mood or atmosphere alone.” (Read full review)