the eerie diplomat hotel
gretchen follows instructions with direk chris in “diplomat hotel”
As actor Abe Pagtama said on his brief speech before the start of the screening of Diplomat Hotel at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines: “Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a bumpy night!”
We guessed, he’s right.
It was indeed a bumpy and horrifying night, watching Diplomat Hotel. It gave this blogger scary goose bumps and screams, added with a feeling of being entertained AWESOMELY AND INTELLECTUALLY.
Yes, Diplomat Hotel didn’t simply want to scare- it meant to dig, to investigate and to wander more as to why a dark journey ended sadly, tragically, dramatically.
As the movie started, you would know, but with director Christopher Ad Castillo’s original style of ‘holding’ you suspenseful and catching your breath in every important scene, he successfully created a horror film that would not turn you DOWN, but rather, turn you HIGH.
Director Ad Castillo definitely had the ‘eye’. The vision. The true blood of a genuine film artist. This could be his first film, but this blogger was so amazed with how he handled a popular scary hotel and its high expectations of bringing it back to LIFE, notwithstanding the dark shadows that haunted it.
The film didn’t reveal in DEFENSE. Didn’t explain why. Didn’t turn in many circles of explanations and ‘wonders’. It had no pretense. It simply SHOWED.
Added with an excellent technical staff, good sound, new wave dark music, and a fantastic editing- …. it achieved its GOAL.
One more thing, this film journeyed on its own. It simply wanted to present a dark ride, a deeper look into a lost soul, and loved ones that didn’t have to die.
mon confiado in “diplomat hotel”
Mon Confiado offered another new acting style and dimension in this movie.
Sarah Gaulger was a refreshing talent here, and she delivered.
Abe Pagtama surely did a lot of justice in his brief appearance at the start of the film.
Art Acuna was so intense and aggravating.
Nico Antonio acted it out with ‘angst’.
But it was Gretchen Barretto who stood out. She was perfect for the role. She acted in subtlety, with great depth and precision. Indeed, fascinating.
Diplomat Hotel would take you into a journey. Into the darkest phantoms of your mind.
Come, take a ride. Be thrilled. Be horrified.
AND GET THE BEST SCREAM OF YOUR LIFE.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)