6 April, 2016, 3:13 pm – THREE UST alumni star in the independent horror comedy and
parody film “Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil” that’s set to hit the

Veteran comedian John Lapus and Kean Cipriano, who finished
hotel and restaurant management and music in UST, respectively, are joined by
up-and-coming actor Anjo Resureccion, a psychology alumnus. Other actors
include Alex Medina, Alessandra de Rossi, Ruby Ruiz and Odette Khan.

A parody of the 1973 horror classic “The Exorcist,” the film
centers on Carlo (Medina), a gigolo who swindles gay men. He seduces Kristoff
(Lapus), a closeted homosexual and an ex-military man’s unico hijo, who grew up
in a strict and religious family setting.

After bring tricked by Medina’s character, Kristoff dies. Carlo
is then possessed by a gay demon and acts out as gay. Carlo’s mother (Ruiz)
then calls Fr. Nick (Cipriano) to exorcise the gay demon out of Carlo.

“It may be a horror comedy but at the end of the day, it goes
back to how love is all that matters no matter what your gender is,” said
Lapus, a former Teatro Tomasino member, in an interview with the Varsitarian
during the film’s premiere night.

The film is produced by former Varsitarian managing editor
Christopher Cahilig, written by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino commissioner Jerry
Gracio and directed by Lemuel Lorca.

The film, rated R-13 by the Movie and Television Review and
Classification Board, has a comic approach to tackling themes such as religious
hypocrisy, homosexuality and family crisis.

“We just wanted to package these issues into something palatable
that would make the general public appreciate the experimentation of infusing
it with a comical approach,” said Cahilig.

Cipriano, who is also one of the producers, called on the public
to continuously post about the film on social media.

“Publicity is a struggle but we are hoping that people would
appreciate and share news on the film to help it reach out to a wider extent of
viewers,” Cipriano said.

film premiered last April 3 and will be shown nationwide starting April 13. Amierielle Anne A. Bulan


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