Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara

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Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara
Directed by Celso Ad Castillo
Screenplay by Mike Relon Makiling
Story by Celso Ad Castillo
Starring Susan Roces
Rosanna Ortiz
Dante Rivero
Mary Walter
Music by Ernani Cuenco
Rosas Productions
Release date
August 17, 1974
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara (lit. Eng. Kill Barbara in Fright) is a 1974 Filipino psychological horror film starring Susan Roces as the eponymous character.


Barbara (Roces) has always been overly indulgent of her little sister, Ruth's every whim. Years later, Barbara meets and falls in love with Nick (Rivero), who is smitten with her. But the spoiled Ruth (Ortiz) confesses to her older sister that she too is in love with Nick and threatens to kill herself if he does not marry her. So with a heavy heart, Barbara once again accommodates Ruth's demands and convinces Nick to court her younger sister instead. In a twisted act of devotion, Nick reluctantly agrees to marry Ruth, to prove his love for Barbara. After the wedding, Barbara decides to start a new life abroad, to give Nick a chance to fall in love with Ruth and for Barbara to get over her feelings for him.

Her past comes back to haunt her when Barbara receives news that her younger sister has killed herself and was witnessed by Ruth's only daughter Karen (Esguerra). Barbara immediately returns to the Philippines to mourn her sister and comfort her unstable niece. Upon Barbara's return, she learns the reason surrounding Ruth's mysterious death.

Throughout their marriage, Ruth felt that Nick never loved her, but harboured feelings for her sister. In a state of paranoid delusion, she suspects that Nick was having an affair and used his business trips to the States as an excuse to rendezvous with Barbara. In a jealous rage, she commits suicide and haunts the household through a doll to exact revenge on everyone who wronged her.

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In 1995, it was remade as Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara with Lorna Tolentino as Barbara, directed by Chito Roño and written by Ricky Lee.

In 2008, ABS-CBN bought the rights to remake the cult classic as a primetime TV Series starring Kris Aquino as Barbara for Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection, an anthology series that adapted three of Roces' well-known films for television. The program debuted with a 38.1% rating, becoming the first television remake in the Philippines with honors of a high rating.

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