Black comedy flick “Echorsis” wins critics, gets second week run

Black comedy film “Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good And Evil” was given a second week run in key Metro Manila after it fought hard from being pulled out in cinemas.

The critically acclaimed horror-comedy film starring John Lapus, Kean Cipriano, and Alex Medina, are still screening in Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Robinsons Galleria, SM North Edsa, SM Manila, and SM Megamall to date. It’s producer Chris Cahilig of Insight 360 hopes that more cinemas will open its door to the film since it’s the only Filipino movie screening this week.

“Cinema attendance, including big-budgeted Hollywood flicks, was bad last week perhaps due to the record-high heat. Many still want to watch Echorsis in the big screen that’s why I am happy that at least six theaters are still exhibiting it. I just hope that others will follow their example,” Cahilig said.

Echorsis, directed by Lemuel Lorca who recently bagged the Best Picture trophy for “Ned’s Project” in CineFilipino, and penned by Palanca-winner Jerry Gracio, pleased critics.

Clickthecity’s in-house film critic Philbert Dy described Echorsis as a “subversive little gem” and hailed it for its bold depiction of the LGBTQ community. He believed that Echorsis is the “spiritual successor” of the sleeper hit “Zombadings.”

“(Echorsis) emerges as a subversive little gem; brave enough to say things that aren’t often touched by our cinema, and it does it while being pretty funny. That’s certainly worth something,” Dy wrote.

Meanwhile, Oggs Crus of Rappler praised Echorsis for doing what it sets out to do which is to entertain while “deliberate forwarding a pervasive agenda.

Various online and print reviews and netizens praised Lapus, Cirpriano, and Medina for their sterling performances as the closeted Kristoff, the confused priest Father Nick and the sweet-tongue gigolo Carlo. Echorsis was likewise noticed for its unpredictable and sensitive screenplay by Gracio and breathtaking cinematography by Sasha Palomares.

“I hope that more people, particularly the lovers of Philippine cinema, to come out and watch Echorsis despite the summer heat. It’s truly worth their time, effort, and money,” Cipriano appealed.

Completing the ensemble cast of “Echorsis” are Alessandra de Rossi, Chokoleit, Kiray Celis, Mich Liggayu, Ruby Ruiz, Negi Negra, Bekimon, Nico Antonio, Francine Garcia, Odette Khan, and 1:43’s Yuki Sakamoto, Anjo Resurreccion, Gold Aquino, and Yheen Valero.

“Echorsis” is supported by BellaVita Land Corp. and McJim Classic Leather.

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