Brillante Mendoza Flirts With The Devil In New Trailer And Stills For SAPI (POSSESSION)

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Best known for his gritty arthouse dramas, Filipino auteur Brillante Mendoza is taking a turn into dark genre territory with his latest effort - a horror film titled Sapi (Possession). A first teaser for this one turned up back in February and with the film now in post we've got the full trailer, synopsis and several heavily treated (i.e. they're not going to look quite like this in the film) images in the gallery below.

With the rival station Philippine Broadcasting Channel (PBC) eating up the TV audiences' major share, Sarimanok Broadcasting Network (SBN) needs a miracle to stay alive in the competition. In these mad and fearful times, SBN's news team finds that documenting an actual spiritual possession would be their only hope.

Tasked to head the documentary production is MERYLL FLORES, a trainee TV Executive producer, along with DENNIS MARQUEZ, the reporter. Needless to say, the success of the project will also secure their eventual promotion in the company.

However, the miracle seems to evade Meryll's team. They go to distant places, schools, provincial areas, religious groups, and faith healers, just to cover the case of mass possession, but to no avail. They simply cannot find a single incident of possession.

Worse, BARON VALDEZ, cameraman of the rival network PBC, is the one who was able to capture the isolated case of demonic possession that involved a high school teacher (Ruby).

To fulfill her task, Meryll enters into a deal that is more profoundly horrifying than the harrowing scene of paranormal possession. To acquire the needed footage, she buys the outtakes of the Ruby possession case from Baron. But at the point where Meryll imagines to be the turning point of her new career, an exorcising reality dawns on her with a spiralling effect that mirrors the political system governing the TV network.
Meryll Soriano, Dennis Trillo and Baron Geisler star. Check the images below and remember you can click to enlarge.

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QinlongJuly 8, 2013 6:40 PM

You could argue KINATAY was already a horror film...

Todd BrownJuly 9, 2013 7:18 AM

It's darker than most, that's for sure.

nes July 9, 2013 9:59 PM

DENNIS TRILLO is the star of this movie. His two co stars are inactive right now. Baron is gonna be in jail anytime soon while meryll never heard of her for a few years now. DENNIS IS MAKING WAVES WITH HIS TELESERYE , my husbands lover.