Box-office hit ‘Miss Granny’ breaches 100-million peso mark

The Philippine adaptation of ‘Miss Granny,’ starring Sarah Geronimo, James Reid, and Xian Lim, has breached the 100-million peso mark.

The social media channels of Viva Films made the announcement today, August 31.

‘Miss Granny’ opened strongly across the country in more than 220 cinemas on August 22.

Based on the South Korean film of the same title, ‘Miss Granny’ tells the story of a grandmother (played by Ms. Nova Villa) who regains her youthful appearance (as Sarah Geronimo).

Directed by Joyce Bernal, ‘Miss Granny’ also stars Boboy Garovillo, Nonie Buencamino, Lotlot De Leon, Kim Molina, Ataska Mercado, Danita Paner, Marissa Delgado, Kedebon Colim, Pio Balbuena, Angeli Bayani, Mara Lopez, and many more.

‘Miss Granny’ is now playing in more than 160 cinemas nationwide.

SM Cinema celebrates 100 years of Philippine Cinema with ‘Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral’

In time with the Centennial Anniversary of Philippine Cinema, SM Cinema proudly presents the Philippines’ biggest cinematic epic to date, “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”.

The second installment to the TBA Studios’ historical trilogy, “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” follows the events happened after “Heneral Luna” focusing to the life of one of the youngest Filipino generals during the Philippine-American War, General Gregorio del Pilar. The final installment of the historial saga will be the film about former Philippine president Manuel L. Quezon.

Regarded as one of the most trusted and loyal generals of President Emilio Aguinaldo, Gen. Gregorio del Pilar will have to face not only the Americans during the revolution but also the consequences of his decisions and actions being henchman of President Emilio Aguinaldo.

The historical epic is a salutation to the fallen heroes of the Philippine revolution and a dedication to the 100th year celebration of Philippine Cinema.

Directed by the award-winning director Jerrold Tarog, the film feature actors Paulo Avelino as Gen. Gregorio del Pilar, Carlo Aquino as Col. Vicente Enriquez, Mon Confiado as President Emilio Aguinaldo, Epy Quizon as Apolinario Mabini, Arron Villaflor as Joven Hernando, Gwen Zamora as Remedios Nable Jose, Empress Schuck as Felicidad Aguinaldo, Che Ramos-Cosio as Hilaria Aguinaldo, Art Acuna as Maj. Manuel Bernal, Rafa Siguion-Reyna as Col. Julian del Pilar and Benjamin Alvez as Lt. Manuel Quezon.

Catch Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral in SM Cinema branches nationwide starting September 5, 2018. Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ review: A wonderful, inclusive vacation

Jon M. Chu’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is the ‘Black Panther’ of Asian representation but instead of vibranium, the golds and gems are in full display.

The most meaningful scene in Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians happens at a dinner table where the incredibly wealthy Singaporean Young family are gathered around to make some dumplings. Instead of handing the task to their staff, the elders Youngs, as a tradition, teach their children how to specifically make them.

“Otherwise, they’ll disappear,” Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh), the mother of Nick (Henry Golding), throws some shade to his son’s asian-american girlfriend, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu). It’s a subtle remark as to how Rachel’s western values of individualism and self-seeking happiness can influence Nick to potentially drive himself away from his family. The grandmother (Lisa Lu) even chimes in and criticizes some of the dumplings Rachel made.

Not to mention, Rachel’s less desirable background and social status simply won’t make do for Eleanor’s uncompromisingly high standards. Later on, she confronts her and say, “You will never be enough for my son.”

It’s amazing how such a simple activity can be a ripe commentary on tradition, motherhood and conflicting beliefs of Asian and Western values. This is where Crazy Rich Asians shines best. It’s more than just a celebration of Asian culture, food and fashion, more than just its lavish Oscar-worthy production designs or more than just a comeback of Asian representation since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club. It’s a film whose culturally significant value is more than just the sum of its parts.

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The all too familiar premise is this: a deeply-in-love, young couple – Rachel, a NYU economics professor and Nick, a sought-after royal bachelor – hits a wall when Nick’s family and nosy friends gets in their way. The largest hurdle is Eleanor, who makes it clear with her icy looks that she doesn’t like her. Now Rachel has to make herself worthy in their eyes. Or will this be a battle not worth fighting for? Despite a cliche ending, Crazy Rich Asians is nothing like Hollywood has offered before.

As Rachel gets a whirlwind introduction to dozens of relatives and friends of varying importance, the film embraces you with a feigned sense of familiarity. Sometimes it feels like you’re watching a TV episode where characters keep on popping and you have to go along like you’ve already seen them before. Initially, it’s hard to keep track which is which.

Nick’s sister Astrid (Gemma Chan) has a subplot about his marital troubles that seems interesting but since we only get fragments of it due to run time restraints, it feels shoehorned. It’s a common problem found in book to movie adaptations where there are plenty of characters to wrestle with.

Still, the whole ensemble comes out as appealing as their splendid costume designs. The biggest scene stealer is Rachel’s eccentric bestfriend Peik Lin (Awkwafina) who makes an impression right off the bat with her animal-printed silk pajamas.

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

On surface level, Crazy Rich Asians is an examination of privilege and entitlement so it allows itself to wallow in superficiality. Bridesmaids splurge on shopping and spa treatments while groomsmen throw wild parties in private ships. The biggest highlight is Nick’s best friend’s (Chris Pang) wedding, as a whole church is transformed into a lily pond. This could be a possible trend for high-class weddings in the future. Also, Kris Aquino as Malay princess Intan makes an appearance to delight Pinoy fans.

But amid the glitz and glamour, Crazy Rich Asians is very much about the powerful women at its center. In the film’s prologue set in London, we see Eleanor and his family getting denied of an accommodation by a British hotel concierge. She later on exacts her revenge by using the wealth she amassed. Hence, you can see where she’s coming from, Eleanor is not just an archetypal ‘tiger mom.’ She experienced asian discrimination first hand and to her, serving her family’s interest matters the most. This is the reason why she sees the asian-american Rachel as a threat to their culture. Yeoh bears a commandingly cool presence that makes her a worthy adversary.

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Likewise, Astrid uses her financial standing to empower herself against her cheating husband. Rachel, on the other hand, shows that power is not only in the hands of the wealthy people. During an affecting Mahjong scene, Rachel’s expertise on the game theory comes into play and she proves that people should not be judged from where they came from, but rather for what they became. It’s completely satisfying.

There are plenty of reasons to like Crazy Rich Asians – the dazzling cinematography and production values, the charming chemistry of Wu and Golding, the light-hearted fun and tender moments and so on – all wrapped into a big bowl of Asian culture. Its universal warmth from relationships among families, friends and significant others makes this vacation wonderful and inclusive.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Directed by Jon M. Chu, written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim. Based on the novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Harry Shum Jr., Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, Nico Santos, Jing Lusi, Carmen Soo, Constance Lau, Pierre Png, Fiona Xie, Victoria Loke, Janice Koh, Amy Cheng, Koh Chieng Mun, Selena Tan, Kris Aquino
Run time: 120 minutes

‘Miss Granny’ (2018) review: Sarah Geronimo’s performance makes this Pinoy remake triumphant

Bb. Joyce Bernal’s adaptation of ‘Miss Granny’ is a testament to Sarah Geronimo’s well-rounded artistry.

There’s a broad and classic appeal in films with body/age-swap premises (Big, Freaky Friday, 17 Again, 13 Going on 30) that they’re reincarnated time and again in cinema. Such concept is a perfect device for escapism—what would it feel like to be someone else, or in this case, a younger, more capable version of yourself. It does not need to be bogged down by the science behind it, the outcome, usually, is a gold mine for wacky comedy hijinks and deep philosophical revelations. The Filipino adaptation of Miss Granny radiates with the same amount of charm.

Miss Granny kicks off with a monologue from Fely Malabaño (Nova Villa), a cantankerous yet devoted woman in her twilight years. She poses the question, “How do you measure sadness?” implying to the audience that melancholy is a state of emotion that grows over time and is also present in old age. A sense of empathy is already established at this point so it doesn’t get too annoying when she acts rude to the people around her. She has grown to be a toxic energy in their household and that causes her daughter-in-law Annie (Lotlot De Leon) to be hospitalized. Now, his son Ramon (Nonie Buencamino) is faced in a difficult decision to temporarily send her mother to a retirement home while his wife recovers.

Nova Villa as Fely Malabaño. Photo via Viva Films.

Feeling more isolated than ever, Fely stumbles into a mysterious photo studio and decides to have her funeral photo taken in advance. The photographer teases that he will make her look fifty years younger and—voila!—she’s back in her 20’s again looking like the iconic Audrey Hepburn. She fittingly assumes the name Odrey De Leon and with it comes a new perspective in her life.

Good things fall into place as she pursues her dream of being a pop singer by joining his grandson Jeboy’s (James Reid) metal band. She revamps the band’s image by singing 70’s hits that surprisingly appeal more to the public, thereby gaining more love and admiration in the process. But like all fantasy stories, the magic must eventually come to an end.

The Malabaños performing ‘Rain’ (L-R): James Reid, Sarah Geronimo, Pio Balbuena, Kedebon Colim. Photo via Viva Films.

Where in some musicals, you can definitely pick which among the cast is an actor who can sing or vice versa, Sarah G excels in both aspects that she can carry the whole film by herself. Her strongest acting performance remains to be in The Breakup Playlist, but in here, she proves how much of a well-rounded artist she is. Equipped with copious amounts of charisma, good comic timing and dramatic chops, she owns the role of a conservative yet feisty Filipina. Of course, her character won’t work without the support of Ms. Nova Villa. Thankfully, the latter’s screen time was not reduced to an extended guest spot.

The musical performances (“Rain,” “Kiss Me, Kiss Me,” “Forbidden” and original song “Isa Pang Araw”) are all soulful and sensational—one of the benefits of having a world-class singer who can deftly add layers of emotions to every line of lyrics. The “Forbidden” performance in particular engraves to the heart as the film complements it with a montage of Odrey’s hardships in raising her son. It speaks to a universal audience.

Considering this is a remake, there’s an unspoken rule of bringing the adaptation to a higher standard, especially when it comes to its technical aspects. This is where Miss Granny falls short, particularly with its unfocused narrative and clunky editing. The sequencing comes off as jarring, revealing how unsystematic the plot actually is. It also tries hard with too much gags like the unnecessary ones towards the end where it clashes with more poignant themes in play.

Xian Lim as music producer Lawrence. Photo via Viva Films.

The film’s teaser poster flirts on the possibility of a love triangle which should make sense in the context of marketing, because romcoms sell locally. (Later on, the official poster revealed a stunning Sarah Geronimo shadowed by Ms. Nova Villa, suggesting the age-swap premise.) While there’s a decent connection established between Odrey and Jeboy, the love interest of music producer Lawrence (Xian Lim) never really came into fruition. He will be best remembered as the guy who Odrey attacks with a pair of fresh bangus. I’m not sure how much participation his character had in the original but his character doesn’t feel much integral to the story. Some could say that it would have been better if a B-list actor was cast in his place. Actually, the half-baked subplot gives the impression that there is a complete arc shot between Odrey and Lawrence, but late in the game, the director decided to go to a different direction. I can only guess.

Odrey surprisingly has the best chemistry with Fely’s steadfast secret admirer Bert (Boboy Garovillo) and his genuine love for her is just adorable. But the most remarkable moment will have to go to Buencamino’s dialogue with his now-young-again mother towards the end that should leave no dry eye in the theater.

Sarah Geronimo as Odrey De Leon. Photo via Viva Films.

Miss Granny may earn more points from the source material itself and Sarah Geronimo’s dedicated performance but this adaptation still makes a solid mark with its Filipino cultural touches, from sinigang to its adherence to familial piety over romantic endeavors. It has the right amount of conflict to earn its messages on parenthood, dreams and old age. Amid the narrative structure and editing issues, the film places its heart where it needs to be. And for that, this should generally work.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, written by Jinky Laurel. Based on the 2014 Korean film ‘Miss Granny’.
Cast: Sarah Geronimo, Xian Lim, James Reid, Nova Villa, Boboy Garovillo, Nonie Buencamino, Lotlot De Leon, Kim Molina, Ataska Mercado, Danita Paner, Marissa Delgado, Kedebon Colim, Pio Balbuena, Angeli Bayani, Mara Lopez, Jojit Lorenzo, and Arvic James Tan.
Run time: 113 minutes

Sarah Geronimo-starrer ‘Miss Granny’ grosses P77 million in 6 days

The Philippine adaptation of the hit South Korean film ‘Miss Granny’ has grossed P77 million since it opened in over 200 cinemas last Wednesday, August 22.

Viva Films announced that ‘Miss Granny’ earned more than P41 million in two consecutive days (Sunday and National Heroes’ Day).

Last Sunday, the Bb. Joyce Bernal-helmed film broke records with the highest single-day gross for a local movie released in 2018. It earned P21 million last August 26, according to a social media post by Viva.

A joint production of Viva Films and N2 Productions, the Pinoy remake of ‘Miss Granny’ also stars James Reid and Xian Lim.

Don’t miss the chance to catch the latest talk of the town! ‘Miss Granny’ is now playing in cinemas nationwide.

‘Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation’ review: Visually hyperactive but bland getaway

Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation’ falls within the Looney Tunes brand of entertainment – extremely fun, but only for kids ages 12 and below.

At this point, it’s hardly a surprise that one of Sony’s biggest cash cows, Hotel Transylvania, breaks into the elite status of animation and earns itself a threequel. The studio breathes life into the franchise by taking the crew out of the hotel for a summer vacation… in the Bermuda Triangle, no less. The idea itself could be a riff from Sandler’s vacation-themed classics or one of those sitcom filler episodes, so one can expect the common denominator – it’s funny at the moment but completely dispensable in the long run.

The organizer of the said Atlantic cruise getaway is Mavis (Selena Gomez) as she feels that her dad Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) seems to be stressed from his hotel duties and therefore, must be badly needing a break. But the real reason for Drac’s loneliness is that he’s been single for decades now and he’s hoping for the ‘zing’ that he once had with his deceased wife. In case you missed it, a ‘zing’ is what we call ‘love at first sight’ for us humans, only it’s irrefutably claimed as ‘true love’ for monsters.

If in the first film, Drac disapproves of her daughter Mavis’ relationship with her soon-to-be human husband Jonathan (Andy Samberg), the roles are reversed here as Mavis senses that there’s something wrong with his dad’s new ‘zing’ – cruise captain Ericka Van Helsing (Kathryn Hahn). She’s right. It does not take a genius to deduce that with a surname like that, Ericka must come from a bloodline of monster hunters.

Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) instantly zings for cruise captain Ericka Van Helsing (Kathryn Hahn). Photo via Sony Pictures Animation.

True enough, Ericka spends most of the film faking her affections for him when in reality, she’s plotting to kill him. There’s an elaborately choreographed scene where Drac and his green blob friend performs a 24K Magic dance routine, oblivious to the fact that Ericka has been trying to kill him. It’s an old trick borrowed from the Looney Tunes book but it’s still amusing nonetheless.

But then Hotel Transylvania 3 in its entirety, is mostly a succession of visual gags from thankless supporting characters who contribute little to plot development. Nor do they barely get a decent subplot at the very least. Werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and his wife (Molly Shannon) enjoys a time off from baby-sitting their chaotic litter, Frankenstein (Kevin James) does some gambling, Murray the Mummy (Keegan Michael-Key) and Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade) act as Drac’s wingmen, and so on. Most of the gags here play on the notion that these monsters engage in human activities too, but in their own monstrous way. It quickly runs dry and feels repetitive since these are already shown in previous installments. Three films in, but the franchise still wastes the potential to harvest other stories from its wide array of cast.

This still means good news for the younger generation as reprising director and co-writer Genndy Tartakovsky bombards the kids with sensory overload to glue their attention to the screen. His direction spews of visual creativeness – not in a game-changing, world-building sense, but enough to occasionally mask how uninspired the story actually is. By the time it reaches the climax, the film showcases a hyperactive DJ/dance battle featuring a singing Kraken (Joe Jonas). It quickly gets too loud and annoying and before adults completely walk out of the theater, the song Macarena is played as a peace offering. The film’s zaniness has reached a new level yet considering the whole franchise is founded on absurdity itself, I’m giving it a pass.

The hotel crew takes on an adventure in the Atlantic. Photo via Sony Pictures Animation.

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation gives too much where it needed less and feels lacking where it needed more. The father-daughter dynamic which has been the strongest emotional core of Transylvania franchise is underserved in favor of an uncompelling romantic subplot. There’s a harmless message of embracing diversity that gets lost in the noise of visual gags. How can something so elaborate feel so dull?

Kids will always go for the familiar faces, regardless if the film keeps on recycling jokes. Not the same for the rest of the general audience though.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, written by Michael McCullers and Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Mel Brooks, Asher Blinkoff, Sadie Sandler, Genndy Tartakovsky, Chrissy Teigen, Joe Jonas, Alison Hammond, Chris Parnell, Joe Whyte
Run time: 97 minutes

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ earns P82.7-M in 5 days, biggest opening in PH for a foreign rom-com

The Philippine box-office laid out the red carpet for Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Crazy Rich Asians” as Filipino movie fans rushed to the cinemas and gave the romantic comedy a record-breaking P82.7-M gross in five days, victoriously opening at No.1.

This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The contemporary love story based on the global bestseller by Kevin Kwan broke two box-office records, namely the All-Time Biggest Opening Weekend for a Foreign Romantic Comedy (surpassing 2002’s “Maid in Manhattan” with P24-M), and the Biggest Opening of the Year for a Warner Bros. Title (outgrossing “The Meg” with P63.4-M).

The most talked-about film in the country for the past several weeks, “Crazy Rich Asians” rode a tidal wave of goodwill and positive anticipation from fans, resulting to Warner’s biggest opening weekend of the year, as well as the biggest opening weekend for a romantic comedy.

Reviews for the Jon M. Chu were phenomenal and audiences have been spreading emotional word-of-mouth which has been key in getting a broader audience in.

The inclusion of Filipino actress Kris Aquino and US-based Pinoy comedian Nico Santos to the film’s cast also drove upbeat interest and curiosity. And based on post-screening reactions, both stars did their countrymen proud.

In North America, “Crazy Rich Asians” had a crazy good second weekend at the box office.

Warner Bros. acclaimed romantic comedy generated another $25 million in 3,526 locations, meaning it made almost as much during its second outing as it did its first weekend. Jon M. Chu’s movie, which has been lauded as the first studio film in over 25 years with a predominately Asian-American cast, dropped just 6% — marking one of the best holds in recent history for a wide release in any genre. In two weeks, its domestic total sits at $76.8 million.

Rated PG by the MTRCB, “Crazy Rich Asians” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.

About “Crazy Rich Asians”

“Crazy Rich Asians” is a contemporary romantic comedy based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan.

The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.

It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, “Crazy Rich Asians” features an international cast of stars, led by Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, and Awkwafina, with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh. The large starring ensemble also includes Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, and Nico Santos.

Pinoy version of ‘Miss Granny’ sets record as highest single-day gross for a local film in 2018

Viva Films has just announced that the Philippine adaptation of the hit South Korean film “Miss Granny” has set a new record as the highest single day gross for a local movie released in the Philippines in 2018.

The 21-million peso gross this Sunday, August 26, is a record-breaking feat for this movie about a grandmother (played by Ms. Nova Villa) who regains her youthful appearance (as Sarah Geronimo).

“Miss Granny” has breached 57-million pesos as gross sales in its opening weekend with strong ticket sales breaching the 57-million peso mark.

Directed by Joyce Bernal, and co-produced by Viva Films and N2 Productions, the Pinoy remake of “Miss Granny” also stars James Reid and Xian Lim.

Find out in cinemas nationwide why more and more people are raving about Sarah Geronimo’s superb performance in the certified blockbuster hit, “Miss Granny.”

Joe Jonas voices ‘Kraken’ in ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation’

Pop superstar Joe Jonas lends his voice to The Kraken in Columbia Pictures’ adventure comedy Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation.

Kraken is the ginormous beast who welcomes Drac and his friends to the lost city of Atlantis, the monster version of Las Vegas. He may look threatening, he is full of charm and a heck of a singer – he loves to carry a tune!

In the film, the monsters vacation’s final destination is the lost city of Atlantis. “It’s our version of Vegas,” says producer Michelle Murdocca. “From the depths of the ocean arises a massive kraken – and just when you think this is it, he breaks into a swing-a-ding-ding Sinatraesque song, courtesy of Joe Jonas.”

The kraken may look tough but underneath it all is the heart of a performer, so there’s no one better to welcome the monster cruise to Atlantis that him. “He’s got a crooner vibe,” says Joe Jonas. “The song `Party Time’ was a lot of fun to record – it’s a big swing routine.”

And when he needed a big band swing number, Jonas knew who to call. “I reached out to my friend David Foster, who happened to be working with Michael Bublé at the time,” says Jonas. A short while later, he got a call back. Foster and Bublé had written the song in a burst of inspiration and with Jonas’ voice in mind.

Now showing across Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Kraken (Joe Jonas) in Sony Pictures Animation’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION.
About Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

Sony Pictures Animation presents Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation. Featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Joe Jonas, Chrissy Teigen, Jaime Camil, and Mel Brooks. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Produced by Michelle Murdocca. Written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Imagery and Animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.

New ‘The Nun’ featurette takes you back where ‘The Conjuring’ began

“If superheroes can have their own universe, why can’t we do the same in the horror world?,” asks James Wan.

In a newly released featurette for The Nun, Producer James Wan and Director Corin Hardy take you back to where the Conjuring Universe all began.

Check out featurette below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas Thursday, September 6.

The Nun is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

About “The Nun”

Filmmaker James Wan, director of the record-setting horror hits “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” explores another dark corner of that universe with “The Nun.” Directed by Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”), the new fright-fest is produced by Wan and by Peter Safran, who has produced all the films in “The Conjuring” franchise.

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

“The Nun” stars Oscar nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Sister Irene, and Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) as local villager Frenchie.