With so much talk on same-sex relationships on the rise anew, here’s another one to add to the conversation: a horror flick with a gay protagonist.
Actually, just before People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao made his anti-gay remark, much love was already being given the film Echorsis via its online trailer released last week.
Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil features the triumvirate of comedian John Lapus, Callalily vocalist Kean Cipriano, and award-winning independent film actor Alex Medina. They received overwhelming reviews from netizens who described the movie as “one of the most awaited comedy flicks of the year.”
The film was directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lemuel Lorca and written by Jerry Gracio.
“Gusto kong mapanood ito! Trailer pa lang nakakatawa na. Good vibes lang! Ang bongga pa ng cast. Aabangan namin ito ng mga beki friends ko,” Facebook user Nathan Cruz remarked.
“Kahit may bagyo sa opening day, nood pa rin ako,” posted Thio Tisado Pie.
The trailer, which has so far gone viral and received close to one million views, also attracted the straight crowd with some men even asking their girlfriends to watch the movie on their date.
“Must watch babe! Hahaha! Make some time for this movie babe please. Nakakatawa solid!” said Facebook user Christian Medina clearly inviting his significant other.
Acceding to the persistent requests of netizens that the movie be shown in cinemas as soon as possible, the film produced by Chris Cahilig under Insight 360, is set to open on April 13 in theatres nationwide—a week ahead of its original schedule.
“There is a clamor for the movie to be shown earlier than its original April 20 play date. We didn’t expect the public to be so excited to see it soon on the big screen,” said Cahilig.
Echorsis, a parody of iconic horror film The Exorcist, revolves around a gigolo named Carlo, played by Alex Medina, who is possessed by a gay demon after deceiving his closeted gay lover Kristoff, portrayed by John Lapus. The task of exorcising the devil out of Alex’ character then falls on the lap of Fr. Nick, who is portrayed by Kean Cipriano.
Completing the ensemble cast of Echorsis are Alessandra de Rossi, Chokoleit, Kiray Celis, Mich Liggayu, Ruby Ruiz, Negi Negra, Bekimon, Nico Antonio, Francine Garcia, Odette Khan, and 1:43’s Yuki Sakamoto, Anjo Resurreccion, Gold Aquino, and Yheen Valero.