Maria Leonora Teresa | Movie Review

About Maria Leonora Teresa

Maria Leonora Teresa is a 2014 Filipino horror film. The film stars Iza Calzado, Zanjoe Marudo and Jodi Sta. Maria. The film was named after the Guy and Pip's doll of the same name.

Synopsis

After a tragic incident during their field trip, three parents, Faith (Calzado), Julio (Marudo), and Stella (Sta. Maria) mourned the deaths of their respective daughters: Maria, Leonora, and Teresa. To help cope with their loss, a psychiatrist named Manolo (Villanueva) offers them life-sized dolls to look after, but the situation only worsens when the toys appear to be brought to life by a sinister force.


SPOILER ALERT!!

My notes on Maria Leonora Teresa:

1. The movie opened with a very Hollywood-ish aerial shot. My expectations were raised. Sadly, that was the only good thing in the movie.
2. Why do people here eat a lot of cake for breakfast?
3. The first major special effect came straight out of Wansapanataym. Or Ora Encantada depending on your age.
4. You know a horror movie's desperate when it's filled with cheap scares. That get repeated after every sequence.
5. Cris Villanueva with his oversized round glasses and constant overacting brought back a lot of bad Young Love, Sweet Love memories.
6. A grieving teacher brought a doll to work and treated it like his dead kid and yet the principal's fear was that it would make the rest of the kids gay. Really, that was the problem?
7. The same principal called a guard "walanghiya" several times for scaring the crap out of her. Guess who's the real problem?
8. It was the kind of horror movie where doors opened and people didn't even notice. A movie populated with idiots? Now that's scary.
9. As expected, one scene involved a cat jumping out of nowhere. Cheap scares, I tell you.
10. My biggest problem here was the editing. Scenes ended abruptly or switched to another without any reason. And it wasn't even teasing the audience. It just made no sense.
11. In case you didn't notice the pencils on the stairs, a character explained what could have happened in the scene. Did they think the audience was that dumb?
12. Was this the first Deramas movie that was rated R-13?
13. The dolls changed in height whenever they were played by real kids. I couldn't help but laugh every single time.
14. In one scene, a character had enough time to take selfies while getting brutally stabbed. Yes, it was that kind of movie.
15. Joey Paras was a scene-stealer as the crazy albularyo. He was just too good for this movie.
16. Actually I felt bad for the rest of cast. Even the usually competent Iza Calzado and Jodi Sta. Maria were awful while being forced to wail endlessly. Or fight with killer dolls.
17. A 24-hour priest! How convenient.
18. The terrible ending hinted at a sequel. Have mercy!!

Movie Rate :
MARIA LEONORA TERESA (Wenn Deramas, 2014) - Chaka doll. ★☆☆☆☆

Written and review by : Jason Javier

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