Star-studded film Cinco offers five times the horror


Star Cinema’s Cinco is topbilled by (top frame, from left) Rayver Cruz, Maja Salvador, Mariel Rodriguez; (middle frame, from left) Bangs Garcia, Zanjoe Marudo, Pokwang; (bottom frame, from left) Sam Concepcion, Robi Domingo and AJ Perez.


"Limang Kasalanan. Limang Kabayaran. Limang Kwento. Isang Pelikula."


This is how Star Cinema describes its newest offering called Cinco: a movie that features five episodes that will be connected together by a single element. This five-part film was conceptualized by Enrico Santos and Joel Mercado.


"Braso," which will be directed by Frasco Mortiz, will feature neophytes—played by Robi Domingo, AJ Perez, and Sam Concepcion—who are about to undergo their initiation rites. For their final task, the fraternity master will leave them inside a morgue for several hours. During their stay there, they will offend a spirit that will give them a scary initiation.


"Mata," which is directed by Ato Bautista, will show the possible consequences of lying for someone. This episode will feature Rayver Cruz and Princess of Philippine Horror Film Maja Salvador.


"Mukha" shows what a boss, played by Mariel Rodriguez, will get for being mean to her subordinates. Also in this episode are Ketchup Eusebio and Nanding Josef. This will be directed by Nick Olanka.


"Paa," which is directed by Enrico Santos, tells the story of a mother who loves her daughter too much. "Ang problema lang, dahil sa pagmamahal na ’yon, nakagawa siya ng mali. Hindi naman niya gusto pero kinailangan niya," says its lead actress Jodi Sta. Maria. The daughter will be played by child actress Barbie Sabino.


Lastly, director Cathy Garcia-Molina’s "Puso" is a story of a person who resorts to using a love potion to attract the person she loves. Starring in this episode are Bangs Garcia, Zanjoe Marudo, and Pokwang.


Although each episode will run in less than 30 minutes, Star Cinema made sure sure that each celebrity is given equal exposure in the film.


Mariel attests to this, "I think that’s the challenge for all the directors or actors na mailabas ang character na kinakailangan kahit na sandali lang ang time. For example for my episode, mag-isa lang ako and I’m only given a really short time so kailangan talagang na ma-squeeze out. So, kaming dalawa ng director ko, we work together, which is actually mas nakaka-challenge on our part."

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Director Cathy, who is known for doing romantic-comedy movies, says the movie brings out the other side of the episode’s director. She says, "Lumalabas ’yong totoong personalidad ng direktor. And nakakatuwa na ang isang eksena ay kayang bigyan ng ibang klaseng atake."


Find out how Cinco differs from other local horror movies when it holds its premiere night on July 13 at SM Megamall. Its regular screening will start on July 14 in more than 100 theaters nationwide.


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