Filipino horror TV shows you can binge-watch online

by James Patrick Anarcon
Oct 30, 2021
Filipino horror TV shows
Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara (starring Kris Aquino and Jodi Sta. Maria), 'Wag Kukurap (starring Dingdong Dantes), and Nasaan Ka, Maruja? (starring Kristine Hermosa with Coco Martin as guest) are some of the horror TV shows available on YouTube.
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN / GMA-7

With the Halloween season fast approaching, ABS-CBN and GMA-7 are tapping their huge archive of TV shows to bring their horror-themed programs online.

Both networks are streaming their programs on YouTube for the appreciation of a new generation, giving them chills and thrills in time for Halloween.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) lists down some of the classic Filipino horror TV shows that are available on YouTube.

PATAYIN SA SINDAK SI BARBARA (ABS-CBN)

In 2008, ABS-CBN aired its TV adaptation of the 1974 horror movie Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara with Kris Aquino playing the title role.

In the story, Barbara (Kris) returns to her home in the Philippines after her sister, Ruth (Jodi Sta. Maria) killed herself upon discovering the infidelity of her husband Fritz (Albert Martinez). After finding out that Barbara is Fritz’s other woman, Ruth’s spirit starts haunting Barbara and the household using a doll named Chelsea and her only daughter, Karen (Celine Lim).

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Susan Roces, the original Barbara in the film version, was also in the 15-episode TV adaptation as the mother of Barbara and Ruth.

Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara was Kris’ first horror TV show after being known for her horror movies Feng Shui (2004) and Sukob (2006).

Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara has been available for streaming on YouTube since October 23.

Kris Aquino and Jodi Sta. Maria in Patayin Sa Sindak Sa Barbara

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‘WAG KUKURAP (GMA-7)

‘Wag Kukurap is GMA-7’s horror anthology program hosted by Dingdong Dantes. It aired from 2004 to 2006.

Dingdong Dantes in 'Wag Kukurap

In the first few episodes of the show, ‘Wag Kukurap featured dramatization and narration of real-life horror stories of celebrities like Angel Locsin, Jacque Estevez, Wilma Doesnt, Nadine Samonte, and the late April Boy Regino. Later, the program started dramatizing stories from the hit series True Philippine Ghost Stories.

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GMA-7 started uploading episodes of ‘Wag Kukurap on its YouTube channel on October 25.

Angel Locsin in 'Wag Kukurap

!OKA TOKAT (ABS-CBN)

ABS-CBN’s teen-oriented horror show, !Oka Tokat, is currently being uploaded on Jeepney TV’s YouTube channel.

The show, which aired from 1997 to 2002, is about Rona Catacutan (Agot Isidro), a media reporter who investigates paranormal cases along with a group of teenagers played by Rica Peralejo, Diether Ocampo, Angelika dela Cruz, Paolo Contis, and Jericho Rosales.

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Angelika dela Cruz, Jericho Rosales, Rica Peralejo in Oka Tokat

SPIRITS (ABS-CBN)

Spirits is ABS-CBN’s prime-time series that aired from 2004 to 2005. It features a group of teenagers with supernatural powers destined to save the world from evil forces headed by Brita (Lotlot de Leon).

The teleserye features Maja Salvador, John Wayne Sace, and Rayver Cruz in the lead roles with Serena Dalrymple, Jiro Manio, Mico Aytona, Michelle Madrigal, and Joseph Bitangcol as part of the group.

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Spirits is available for streaming on YouTube.

Spirits

LA VENDETTA (GMA-7)

La Vendetta is GMA-7’s 2007 horror-drama series starring Jennylyn Mercado, Jean Garcia, and Sunshine Dizon. It tells the story of the Cardinale sisters Amanda (Jean), Eloisa (Sunshine), and Almira (Jennylyn) whose lives change in one night after Almira is killed by a mystery person. Almira’s spirit haunts her sisters and the household as they find the killer and solve the mystery behind her murder.

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La Vendetta, dubbed as GMA-7’s first suspense drama series, is currently streaming on YouTube.

Jennylyn Mercado in La Vendetta

E.S.P. (GMA-7)

E.S.P. or Extraordinary Suspense Program is a weekly horror-drama series starring Iza Calzado. It aired on GMA-7 in 2008.

It tells the story of Cassandra (Iza), an ambitious news reporter who was blamed for a crime she did not commit. An accident opens her third eye and soon, Cassandra helps resolve unfinished businesses of ghosts as she investigates the truth about the crime she was blamed for.

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E.S.P., a 13-episode drama series, is available on GMA Network’s YouTube channel.

Iza Calzado in E.S.P.

KAKABAKABA (GMA-7)

Kakabakaba is a horror-comedy anthology produced by GMA-7. Airing from 2000 to 2002, the show is a mix of comedy and fantasy as it features different stories involving supernatural creatures every week.

In 2021, GMA-7 started uploading episodes of the show, even featuring one episode starring John Lloyd Cruz, a known Kapamilya talent. Other stars who were featured in the show were Sunshine Dizon, Dingdong Dantes, Toni Gonzaga, Anne Curtis, Ruffa Gutierrez, Ogie Alcasid, and Christopher de Leon.

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Danica Sotto and John Lloyd Cruz in Kakabakaba.

NASAAN KA, MARUJA (ABS-CBN)

Nasaan Ka, Maruja? is the TV adaptation of the Mars Ravelo comics novel Maruja, which had several movie adaptations.

The TV series aired in 2009 was top-billed by Karylle, Derek Ramsay, Enchong Dee, and Kristine Hermosa as Maruja/Cristy.

It tells the story of Cristy, a magazine columnist who discovers that she can see spirits. While using this ability to help other people, Cristy also tries to solve the mystery behind a recurring vague dream about a woman named Maruja.

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Cristy then discovers that she is the reincarnated soul of Maruja, who is searching for her soulmate, Gabriel, in the present life. Cristy then meets Ross (Derek), who is later revealed to be the reincarnated soul of Gabriel.

But Ross already has a fiancée.

Nasaan Ka, Maruja? is available on Jeepney TV’s YouTube channel.

Kristine Hermosa and Coco Martin in Nasaan Ka, Maruja

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MAGANDANG GABI BAYAN (ABS-CBN)

Noli de Castro’s magazine program, Magandang Gabi Bayan, was known for producing horror-themed episodes every Halloween season in the years it aired from 1988 to 2005.

Magandang Gabi Bayan featured real-life stories from ordinary people who experienced supernatural encounters, as well as haunted places and schools.

The scariest episodes of Magandang Gabi Bayan are available for streaming on ABS-CBN News’ YouTube channel.

Noli de Castro in Magandang Gabi, Bayan

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Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara (starring Kris Aquino and Jodi Sta. Maria), 'Wag Kukurap (starring Dingdong Dantes), and Nasaan Ka, Maruja? (starring Kristine Hermosa with Coco Martin as guest) are some of the horror TV shows available on YouTube.
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN / GMA-7
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