Filipino Ghost Story
Wag Kang Lilingon (2006). I can’t pronounce this Filipino horror movie’s title. It’s not my fault. They’re using words I from a different country than the one I live in. It’s just not fair, man. Translated it turns into Don’t Look Back. (I was waaay the hell off when I tried translating it. I thought “lilingon” meant a flavor of foreign ice cream and…um…never mind.)
This movie is split into two parts with a rather clever connecting link. In the first part, Butcher Hospital (not its real name, but what everyone calls it) is losing patients left and right. Melissa, a supermodel nurse, thinks that mean Dr. Carl is behind the expiration dates on the patients. Her fiancé is a news reporter, so she helps him fake a disease so he can investigate under the guise of a sicko.
Dr. Carl was on the hot seat until he turned into dead himself. Then ghosts show up to mess with Melissa’s mind, which was recently boogered up due to her finding out James, her reporter hubby-to-be, had a girlfriend before they hooked up. I’m thinkin’ so what? But it factors in, so roll with it, ’k? The ghostly hallucinations reach a boiling point and Melissa loses it and does something to James. Let’s just say it didn’t involve the romantic groping of one another’s fun zones.
This leads to part two, where a mom and her daughters move into a spooky haunted house. But they’re too into their new pad to give a crap. Finding an antique mirror, they light a candle in front of it, the superstition being that if you do it during a full moon and make a wish, it’ll come true. (I tried that once, and ended up burning my shirt. That was a cool shirt, too.)
This little “ritual” released the ghosts that live in the mirror instead of fog or a basement. Former tenants, these specters don’t want people living in their haunted house. The girls dump the mirror in the river instead of the dump. (Mirrors are 100% biodegradable, so it’s okay.)
But that’s not the only mirror. The other one shows a premonition of the family’s demise. That sucks. But mirrors are rarely wrong, and everybody takes a hammer or other blunt forces to the head and stabbings, causing bleeding and more bleeding. The only survivor goes on to study nursing and years later ends up working at…BUTCHER HOSPITAL. Sweet.