The Healing (film)

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The Healing
The Healing (film).jpg
Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Chito S. Roño
Produced by John Paul Abellera
Lea A. Calmerin
Tess V. Fuentes
Malou N. Santos
Charo Santos-Concio
Written by Chito Roño
Roy Iglesias
Screenplay by Roy Iglesias
Starring Vilma Santos
Kim Chiu
Music by Jerrold Tarog
Cinematography Charlie Peralta
Edited by Jerrold Tarog
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • July 25, 2012 (2012-07-25)
Country Philippines
Language
  • Tagalog
  • English
Box office P 104,602,460[1]

The Healing is a 2012 Filipino horror suspense film directed by Chito S. Roño, starring Vilma Santos and Kim Chiu. The film was released nationwide on July 25, 2012 and is a massive hit. The film is also part of the celebration of Santos' 50 years in showbusiness.

Plot[edit]

After her father (Robert Arevalo) suffers from a severe stroke, Seth (Vilma Santos) decides to bring him to Manang Elsa (Daria Ramirez), a faith healer. Elsa, who apparently has the ability to heal people from illnesses, performs the "healing" and prescribes herbal medicine. As Seth and her father prepare to leave, a man, who is next in line to see Elsa, collapses and loses consciousness and so the people immediately brings him inside. Seth and her father head anyway.

The following day, Seth is welcomed by her father, who has now regained his strength thanks to the healing. His recovery and miraculous healing astounds their whole neighborhood. Amazed by his grandfather's new-found health, Jed (Martin del Rosario), Seth's perturbed son, asks his mother for help for his half-sister Cookie (Kim Chiu), who is suffering from glomerulonephritis so that he could take her to Manang Elsa. Seth refuses because she does not want to be held accountable by her ex-husband Val (Mark Gil) and his wife Bles (Carmi Martin) in case anything goes wrong. Jed pleads very intensely and Seth eventually agrees to give them the address under the condition that they do not tell anyone that she gave it to them.

One evening, Seth arrives home and sees that there's a party. She's extremely disappointed to see that her father, who has much improved health, has gone back to his old drinking and even "womanizing" habits. Seth decides to veer her attention away from that and started talking to the guests at the party. She finds out that they also want to be healed. Seth's housekeeper Alma (Pokwang) reveals that she has a strange growth on her foot which has prevented her from migrating to Dubai; policeman Ding (Cris Villanueva) is suffering from psoriasis; neighbors: Chona (Ces Quesada), suffers from goiter and Greta (Ynez Veneracion) has found a lump in her breast. Cacai (Abby Bautista), the young daughter of Seth's close friend Cita (Janice de Belen), is blind.

Eventually, the group - along with Greta's husband Ruben (Allan Paule) and Chona's husband Rex (Simon Ibarra), go to seek Manang Elsa's help but Melchor (Joel Torre), her brother, informs them that Manang Elsa is sick and refuses to see anyone. Due to Seth's pleading, Manang Elsa eventually cures all of them. On the way home, Seth crosses paths with Jed and Cookie, who are now secretly going to the faith healer.

The following day, everyone except Cookie is healed. She is taken to a hospital due to a high fever. Seth is then confronted by her ex-husband and grows angry. Days pass and Cookie is finally healed. Seth then starts to notice the behavioral changes of those who have been healed, noticing that they have become passive and quiet. One night, everyone is terrified after Chona, their neighbor who had goiter, is found dead after slashing her own neck with a shard of knife after stabbing a man passing by. At her wake, Rex tells Seth that Chona had seen a crow in her dream before she died. The batch of people who were healed speak out about having had the same dream. Seth saw Dodi (Chinggoy Alonzo), a man they met at Manang Elsa's house, walk past her.

The following day, during a breaking news bulletin, they found out that Dodi murdered men at the gym and held his partner hostage. Dodi, looking insane, kills his partner and himself with a piece of broken glass. Seth and her neighbors discussed if there's a pattern of deaths. Ruben annoys his wife Greta that she's going to die next, much to Greta's anger.

As time passes, the batch of people who were healed become hysterical and angry. After a blackout, Seth and Alma witness Greta murders Ruben outside the street with a machete. Greta then heads to kill her children. Seth and Alma follow her to her house but Greta hangs herself when Alma and Seth arrive. The next day Ding, who is on a raid at a motel, kills the tenants and his teammates before his remaining teammates shoot him dead. Seth, worried about Cookie, explain to Jed on her behavioral changes and urges him to protect her. It turns out that the mysterious people who were healed that Seth saw were actually doppelgangers, who Demonized their images of the people who were healed before their deaths. Seth is confused as to why her father has not suffered the same fate. She asks him if had seen a crow in his dreams, but instead tells her he had a wet dream, which annoys her. Seth, along with Cita, decides to confront Manang Elsa about the chain of deaths, only to be informed by Melchor, that she, along with his wife, had been killed by Dario, the man who much earlier, was thought to have only fainted but who had actually died from a heart attack. Melchor reveals the curse's real dark history that Manang Elsa unknowingly "cured" the dead, and now the life that was used to revitalize him was the lives of the following murdered patients that Manang Elsa "cured" after him. Melchor tells her that the best way to destroy the curse is to Eliminate Dario.

Seth sets out to warn the others. While stuck in traffic, she sees Alma's doppelganger walk down the street towards Alma's dormitory. Seth calls Alma to warn her that her doppelganger is on its way to possess her. When Alma refuses to believe her, Seth sneaks into her apartment to find her but is too late. Alma, who has already been possessed by her doppelganger, murders her dorm mates by throwing them off the balcony and sets herself on fire. Afraid for her daughter's life, Cita brings Cacai to a Chinese temple to be guarded by their relative monks. Inevitably, Seth sees Cacai's image and warns Cita. However, Cita is distracted by a dragon dance and loses Cacai who is then controlled by her doppelganger. Cacai massacres the praying monks and kills herself by jumping and getting impaled on a flagpole, much to Cita's misery. Seth is haunted by the spirits of her dead friends, who blame her for their deaths because Seth is the key to the healer.

Now, only one is left after a series of horrifying deaths of Seth's trusted people who were healed before: Cookie. Determined to save her, Seth and Jed (who finally knows everything and resolved the mystery about the curse) takes Cookie to a secluded house and installs CCTV cameras to monitor her. To avert the curse and the brutal killings and suicides, Seth goes to jail to see Dario (Jhong Hilario) and bring him food that she has poisoned. Dario reveals to her that he is no longer Dario but a different entity. He warns her that those who have been cured by Manang Elsa will be possessed by their own alter-egos and their souls shall be offered to him. He then tells her that the best way to end the bloodshed and the continuous spread of the curse is to kill him. Seth discards the plan of poisoning him as she cannot kill anyone. When she returns to the safe-house where Cookie is hiding, she is attacked by the evil image of Cookie who has yet to possess the real one, and manages to get rid of her by electrocuting her with a toaster. Thinking that she has killed Cookie's doppelganger, Seth lets Cookie back into her house.

After a few days, Cookie is chased by her doppelganger and possessed her at her home. Jed found this out because of the CCTV camera showing Cookie's doppelganger chasing her. At her father's birthday party, Seth is visited by Cookie, who is already possessed. Seth is violently attacked and finds Boni, her houseboy, dead with his neck twisted by Cookie. Jed arrives and stops the possessed Cookie from killing Seth.

As the fight rages, Cookie's doppelganger touches Jed's head, creating another doppelganger in Jed's image who then tries to stab Seth. At the prison, Dario is anticipating the new life that will be transported to him, but Melchor shows up at the prison and shoots him dead. A crow falls from the sky hitting the camera, showing the curse has ended. The doppelgangers disappear, the bloodshed ceases, and Melchor is pinned down by police officers. Seth and Jed who are now free from the curse's reign of terror shake the unconscious Cookie, who wakes up surprisingly for one final scare.

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Release[edit]

International screening[edit]

Here are some selected international screening dates and venues of The Healing:[2][3][4]

Date Year Mall Location
July 27 - August 2 2012 Micronesia Mall Guam
August 2 – 9 Paradise Mall Papua New Guinea
August 10 – 16 Pearlridge West Theatres Hawaii
Regal Village Square Stadium Las Vegas
UA Horton Plaza San Diego
Parkway Plaza Stadium 12 Seattle
Clearview Bergenfield Cinemas New Jersey
Cinemark Tinseltown Houston
August 16–23 Al Ghuarair Dubai
Al Mariah Mall Abu Dhabi
CineCenter Qatar
Seef Cineplex Bahrain
August 17–24 Station Square Cineplex Vancouver

Critical reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed 74 Million Pesos on its first two weeks.[5][6] The film grossed P104.6 million. It became the third Filipino film of 2012 to gross over 100 million.

Ratings[edit]

The Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines gave this film a "Graded A", meaning the film will not pay taxes from the gross revenue of the film earned from the box office.

Star Cinema released 2 versions of the film, one is the censored, wider release, which is rated R-13 while the other one is director's cut, limited release, which is rated R-18.[7][8][9][10]

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