Kisapmata ★★★★★

Kisapmata (In Just the Wink of an Eye), inspired by Quijano de Manila's January 1961 non-fiction crime article "The House on Zapote Street", is Philippine director Mike De Leon's magnum opus, a haunting reminder of the most horrifying of evils that live, eat, and pray among us. What's more chilling than your fears personified in the familial plane? The fear of evil is primal but the fear of family is something learned only through the most brutal of means.
Lorrie Ilustre's Bernard Hermann-like score coupled with Rody Lacap's cinematography emphasize the looming tension that lurks and binds in every turn, especially with all the tracking shots, close-up shots, impressive use of color contrast, paired with the looping strings that keep the tension afloat, especially given that most of the locales that were shot in are all set indoors.
The performances are all genuine and masterful. The domesticated and subtly worrying performance of Charito Solis, the unstable yet willed showing of Jay Ilagan, the bewildering and craven dominance of Vic Silayan, and especially the desperate, rather shaken up performance of Charo Santos-Conci further emphasize and heighten up the roles that they're playing in a convincing and genuinely anxious manner. Sgt. Diosdado "Dadong" Carandang is now up there with Anton Chigurh as one of the most terrifying onscreen villains I've ever seen.
That ending? Hands meet mouth!
Kisapmata is undoubtedly one of Filipino cinema's most perfect films.

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