When director Chito Roño makes a movie, it is always a cause for celebration. Direk Chito is known for making thought-provoking and relevant movies that is certain to leave its mark on moviegoers. Some of his popular films include “Dekada 70,” “Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa,” and “Badil” to horror hits like the two “Feng Shui” movies. We can even describe his films unusual and out-of-the-box, if not controversial.
Direk Chito is back in the horror genre via Star Cinema’s “The Ghost Bride” where he is reunited with Kim Chiu, who was his star together with Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto in “The Healing” five years ago.
Written by Charlson Ong and Cathy Camarillo, “The Ghost Bride” explores a very different kind of wedding practice rooted in ancient Chinese culture and tradition.
The movie is centered on Mayen (Kim), a Filipino-Chinese who will gamble her life in a secret tradition that stems from Chinese culture upon the advice of a mysterious matchmaker named Madame Angie Lao. In order to help her family, Mayen will enter a bizarre and unfamiliar world where she will have to marry the dead in order for others to live.
At the movie’s press conference last Tuesday, Kim revealed that a relative of theirs agreed to become a ghost bride in exchange for a fortune that enabled her to pay off all family debts. Said relative is the cousin of her grandmother from whom she learned of the story.
Being a ghost bride is a big responsibility, according to Kim. The Cebuana actress said she might also probably agree to be a ghost bride if she was not in showbiz, if only to help her family get out of dire financial straits.
For those who love horror movies, “The Ghost Bride” is the perfect film for you. The movie is scary, which is the trademark of a Chito Roño horror film.
Kim said she considers it a big honor to be working again with Direk Chito. She admitted being scared because Direk Chito is known to be strict, but they had a fun set because he was always in a good mood.
“The Ghost Bride,” in theaters November 1, also stars Matteo Guidicelli, Christian Bables, Robert Sena, Jerome Ponce, Kakai Bautista, Beverly Salviejo, Luz Fernandez and Ina Raymundo.