If you have ever dipped your toes in movies of the Johnnie To ilk, you have heard of Filipino auteur, Erik Matti. He’s known for his high-octane crime thriller On The Job, and the grimier, more glum, Honor Thy Father. He has also dabbled in horror before: his 2004 shocker Nine-Day Novena pokes legitimate fun about the modern Filipino family without doing away from a deeply unsettling atmosphere. He returns to the genre twelve years later with Seclusion, a religion horror drama about a miraculous child who, due to special circumstances, is taken to a secluded home for deacons in their final days into priesthood.
We have the trailer for you to watch–all three glorious minutes of it–and discuss it over on Twitter.
The film will make its world premiere at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival come Christmas Day, but I expect to see it making its rounds at the very least in the genre fest circuit. There’s little information about a global release, if at all, on any platform. For now, you can take a look at Vesuvius, a 2012 short film that features similar themes.