MANILA -- It's a horror movie, shown in film festivals in Tokyo and Taipei last year, about illegal immigrants in the US being sacrificed to a kapre, or a tree demon, described as "genuinely terrifying."
Next month, Filipinos will finally get a chance to see "Motel Acacia" after it has been confirmed that it will open in cinemas on March 11.
The announcement of a local run came with a trailer, uploaded on the official accounts of co-producer Black Sheep this Tuesday.
The movie follows a young man (JC Santos), who is being groomed to take over his dad's business of exterminating illegal immigrants in the US. The preferred method? Sacrificing them to a kapre, who devours men and impregnates women.
Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge wrote that the movie mixes in a "genuinely terrifying" Filipino monster with the anti-immigrant stance of America, and the "results are every bit as freaky as one might hope, thanks to a skilled mix of creepy locations, mysterious characters and very imaginative creature effects."
It was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, and the Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival.
It is directed by Philippine-based director Bradley Liew with writer Bianca Balbuena. Epic Media, Singapore's Potocol, Slovenia's Studio Virc, and Croatia's Nukleus Films produced it with Black Sheep.