WATCH: Filipino exorcists, possessions on spotlight in new ‘Maledicto’ trailer 
( - March 19, 2019 - 5:20pm

MANILA, Philippines — Fox Networks Group Philippines recently announced its first-ever locally-produced horror film “Maledicto.”

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Co-produced by Cignal Entertainment and Unitel, and directed by Mark Meily, “Maledicto” is a chilling tale about Father Xavi (Tom Rodriguez), a former psychologist who becomes a skeptical exorcist following the tragic death of his sister, Mara (played by Inah de Belen). 

He meets Sister Barbie (played by Jasmine Curtis-Smith), a young nun who has the gift of charism. Together, they face the case of Agnes (Miles Ocampo), a seemingly perfect teenager who starts manifesting demonic behavior that rocks the foundations of the church. 

Other cast members include Eric Quizon, Martin Escudero, Franco Laurel, Nonie Buencamino, Liza Lorena and Menggie Cobarrubias. 

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Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Networks Group Philippines, Jude Turcuato, shared his excitement for the upcoming film: "’Maledicto’ is a really big feat for FNG, being the first ever film we’ve produced locally, with an all-Filipino cast at that. With ‘Maledicto’ under our belt, we’re hoping to elevate Filipino cinema to one of a Hollywood pedigree.”

The lead actors have also expressed enthusiasm on being part of FOX’s first film, saying it was an opportunity to play roles that stray from the norm of romance and love teams. They have happily accepted the challenge, and are excited to bring the characters to life.

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Turcuato added: “We have always prided ourselves in creating original content that would speak to our audience on a personal level, and I feel that ‘Maledicto’ will do just that, because faith and belief are things that are innate in almost everyone. More than a horror movie, it is an invitation to look inside ourselves and assess what we truly believe in. We hope that this film will offer a fresh perspective.”

“Maledicto” premieres May 1 in cinemas nationwide. 

Follow @maledictomovie on Facebook and Instagram for more updates. — Videos by Kat Leandicho

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