Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Rico Maria Ilarde
Producer: Lily Y. Monteverde, Roselle Y. Monteverde
Writer: Rico Maria Ilarde, Rona Lean Sales
Date Released: September 19, 2012
Andi Eigenmann as Tina Benitez
JM De Guzman as James
Janice de Belen as Mrs. Benitez
Bekimon as Agatha
Joel Torre as Mr. Benitez
Ronnie Lazaro as Detective Albay
Baron Geisler as Dick
Venus Raj as Celine
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Tina has never known her parents. When she travels back to the Philippines, she stays at her parent’s home by herself. During her stay, she experiences strange occurrences emanating from her refrigerator. But these occurrences may, in fact, be connected with her families tragic and dark past.
Pridyider (2012) has some gory scenes incorporated into the film. Many of the scenes utilize CGI effects that emanate from the refrigerator. However, Pridyider (2012) also creates a nice balance of prosthetic work as well. Some prosthetic work shows severed limbs or organs as well as blood splatter. There is one scene which was very creative where the refrigerator showed a spide-like creature with a hand as a head that had teeth. This hand creature would then pull one of it’s victims into the refrigerator. Overall, the gore is not overly done and incorporates just enough to send the message across to the audience.
The Grave Review
Pridyider (2012) is a Filipino Horror Film and translates literally to English as “refrigerator”. As such, the film uses a refrigerator as the possessed antagonist in the story. As silly as this concept may seem, you eventually understand why the refrigerator is possessed and what connection it has to protagonist, Tina’s, family history. In general, the film receives praise for originality but there are some aspects of the film which could have been better.
The pace of the film is moderately executed. There is only so much you can do with the storyline of a possessed refrigerator. Oddly enough, Tina is chopping vegetables and cooking in multiple scenes. You can actually combine all the times she was cooking and create a decent cooking show. Although, all joking aside, there is actually a reason why she cooks so much.
The acting performances were also subpar. Andi Eigenmann who plays the main role, Tina, never truly acted as if she was scared. Her acting was somewhat dry. Being in a house where multiple people are being murdered by a possessed refrigerator, you may feel somewhat concerned. Unfortunately, you never felt that the main character cared or felt threatened by this. The other characters too felt underdeveloped and unnecessary to the story as a whole.
Overall, Pridyider (2012) is a fun film that takes a unique concept and brings the horror to your kitchen despite its shortcomings. Some may argue that the horror was always there especially when asked “what do you want for dinner.”
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Pridyider (2012) two and a half graves out of five graves.
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