‘The Road’ starring Alden Richards to show on Oct. 7 at LAPIFF

‘The Road’ starring Alden Richards to show on Oct. 7 at LAPIFF

Carson — “The Road,” a GMA Films thriller movie, will be the gala night movie at the Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 7 at Cinemark Carson at South Bay Pavilion. Starring Alden Richards, “The Road” is a suspenseful movie with a supernatural tale.

It is a story of a cold case, which was recently reopened when three teenagers went missing while traversing an infamous and abandoned road. As investigators try to find leads to the whereabouts of the missing teens, they also unearth the road’s gruesome past that spans two decades – a history of abduction, crimes and murders. Although the road is isolated, anyone who tries to pass through it can be sure that he is not alone.  Lingering in the dark and desolate pathway is a vengeful ghost who makes sure no one leaves the road – alive!

Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times wrote that the film is “a powerfully atmospheric blend of ghostly encounters, horrific situations and missing-persons mysteries from the Philippine director Yam Laranas.”

Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times remarked, “The film’s three-pronged narrative does a fair job of laying a spooky groundwork for the revelatory emotional sadism that lies behind most acts of evil; it just takes a bit of clunky exposition to get there.”

Philbert Ortiz Dy of Click The City said, “The film runs a little long, but part of that is due to the film’s patience. The film isn’t just trying to shock people. It builds atmosphere and constructs horrific situations that are meant to genuinely disturb. It isn’t just about ghosts popping out of nowhere. It’s more about the creeping realization that there are some things in this world that aren’t quite right, and people are going to get hurt because of it. Laranas’ meticulously composed frames make great use of the interplay between light and shadow, setting up an eerie atmosphere that permeates every second of the film.”

The movie stars Alden Richards, TJ Trinidad, Rhian Ramos, Marvin Agustin, Carmina Villarroel, Barbie Forteza, Louise delos Reyes, Derrick Monasterio, Lexi Fernandez, Ynna Asistio, Renz Valerio, John Regala, Lloyd Samartino, Gerald Madrid, Allan Paule and 2016 Cannes Best Actress Jacklyn Jose.

The movie, a brainchild of internationally acclaimed film director Yam Laranas, will be shown as the opening film of the LAPIFF at Cinemark South Bay Pavilion. GMA Films is the movie production arm of media giant GMA Network, Inc. For more info, on the LAPIFF, check out www.lapiff.org. (Fe Koons)

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