Never have I learned about any comedy film which sequel arrives featuring horror elements on its story. But it looks like I’m close of learning about ONE!
This June 13, 2012 is the nationwide release of the sequel of 2009’s critically acclaimed Filipino comedy movie “Kimmy Dora: Kambal Sa Kiyeme”. The sequel, entitled “Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme” is going to be a horror comedy! And no one was more surprised by the unexpected turn than its director, Bb. Joyce Bernal.
In an interview with InterAksyon.com, the director said.
“Nagulat na lang ako nung dumating ang script[…]May katatakutan na!”
According to Bernal, the result of their initial brainstorming with Chris Martinez and the movie producers of Spring Films lead to a story about a comedy of errors triggered by an airport switcheroo en route to Seoul.
But when the script finally arrived two years later, it told quite a different story – one with HORROR!
I personally think it was great and clever of Chris Martinez to take a ghost as the plot device on Kimmy Dora 2‘s story. But poor execution on the ghost’s sequences (as shown in the trailer) made the ghost’s ought-to-be secret identity rise from nowheresville.
Although it’s merely speculation on my part, many have predicted and have identified what or who could have been an ideal twist in the story. But Joyce Bernal, although it’s quite early to blame her, may have ruined the potential of a jaw-dropping and humorous revelation in the end of Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme.
But that doesn’t mean the movie is going to be bad or less entertaining though. Horror sequences (on the trailer) are cliched (just as I expected from Bernal after ‘Segunda Mano‘), but that’s not the issue I’m more concerned about. Now that it is co-produced by Star Cinema, Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme is a commercial film. Yes, it has the chance of being commercially successful – a box office hit; Some may say that it’s going to be great because the budget was a lot bigger than it was solely produced by Spring Films but now it has the tendency to blatantly advertise within the movie. With probable logos, mentions and usage of products and services – I tell you, it might weaken the quality of the film.