If you like ghost movies, here’s one for you. MV5BMTY0NjQxMTAwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDc0MTI3Mg@@._V1._SX271_SY400_Although the production values were great and the cast was decent, the end of this flick was somewhat a downer. An ex-con moves into his dead mothers’ apartment and then strange things start to happen. There are a lot of suspense and The Echo did create that strange and uncomfortable feeling in your gut, but using the already seen techniques in other movies with the same plot. It’s definitely a slow-burner, relying heavily on the creepy atmosphere and tension. Yam Laranas used this build-up to establish characters and the mood of the movie, delving deeper into our basic reactions and habits. I mean, if you hear some strange noise for the third time and there are already creepy things going on in the apartment, what are you going to do? Especially if you are an ex-con, down on his luck.

It managed to tackle two subjects, ghosts and alienation in a big city.  This is a progress in a director’s work and we can expect more good movies from him. And, of course, this is an American version of the same, but scarier Asian flick. Granted, the twisted atmosphere of the original was somewhat present here, allowing us a glimpse into the future of Filipino cinema. So if you are looking for some movie with ghosts that will not be so disturbing, look no more (although you would not say that from the kid in the photo). Enjoy.

Director: Yam Laranas

Cast: Hrant Alianak, Jamie Bloch, Jesse Bradford, Kevin Durand, Carlos Leon

Fun Facts: This is a remake of the Filipino horror movie entitled “Sigaw”.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0897347/

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