Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (film)
|Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara|
The original promotional poster.
|Directed by||Chito S. Roño|
|Produced by||Charo Santos-Concio
|Screenplay by||Ricardo Lee|
|Story by||Celso Castillo|
|Music by||Jessie Lasaten|
|Edited by||Jess Navarro|
|Distributed by||Star Cinema Productions|
Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (literally Kill Barbara in Shock) is a 1995 Filipino horror-drama. It is the remake of the 1974 horror film Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara, directed by Chito S. Roño and released by Star Cinema.
The film also celebrated the 20th-year anniversary offering in which the film was originally released.
Being the loving older sister, Barbara (Lorna Tolentino) has always been overly indulgent of her little sister Ruth's every whim. Years later, Barbara meets and instantly falls in love with Nick (Tonton Gutierrez), who is mutually smitten with her. But the spoiled Ruth (Dawn Zulueta) 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 passively 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 then decides to start a new life abroad, to give Nick a chance to truly fall in love with Ruth and for Barbara to get over her feelings for him.
Her past comes back to haunt her (in more ways than one) when Barbara receives news that her younger sister has killed herself and was witnessed by Ruth's only daughter Karen (Antoinette Taus). Barbara immediately returns to the Philippines to mourn her sister and comfort her unstable niece. But strange events happen upon Barbara's return and she learns the reason surrounding Ruth's mysterious death.
Throughout their marriage, Ruth felt that Nick never really loved her, but instead still 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 United States as an excuse to rendezvous with Barbara. In a jealous rage, she commits suicide and haunts the household and everyone she deemed who have wronged her. It was later revealed that ever since Barbara left her for the US, she indulged herself of everything that can ease her helplessness which includes witchcraft and spiritual medium sessions. Through this she learned that even after death she can return back to the world of the living on a limited time to haunt and exact revenge on anyone she wants.
Maestra Beatriz, whom Barbara sought advise and also was responsible for teaching Ruth black magic offered help and have tried to make contact with her tormented soul via spiritual session together with Barbara and her maid. During this session Ruth possessed her only child and manages to kill the old woman. Through an act of sacrifice, Maestra Beatriz manages to drive away Ruth's spirit. All seems well, until Barbara and Nick learned that what happened during Barbara's encounter with Ruth's spirit was only temporary and now, since it was the 9th day of Ruth's passing, she now have grown more powerful and with the help of evil spirits whom she now have given purpose.
Ruth appears and manages to convince Barbara to join her in the world of the tormented souls until Nick arrives just in time and instead sacrificed himself by holding the physical manifestation of Ruth and plunging both themselves to the fiery pits of hell.
- Lorna Tolentino as Barbara
- Dawn Zulueta as Ruth Duarte
- Tonton Gutierrez as Nick Duarte
- Antoinette Taus as Karen Duarte
- Anita Linda as Yaya Benita
- Amy Austria as Arlene
- Nonie Buencamino as Bidoy
- Angie Ferro as Maestra Beatriz
- Eva Aquino as Sofia
- Ernie Zarate as Priest
- Augusto Victa as Lawyer
- Cris Daluz as Bangkero
- Mina Ferrer as Dawn's Double
The majority of the visual effects used in the film were handled by Cinevideo Arts Philippines. Digital compositing was handled by Video Post.
As part of the projects of the ABS-CBN Film Archives, the movie is one of the classic Filipino films that were digitally restored and remastered in HD. A special screening of the restored HD version of the film was held last April 6, 2016 at the UP Cine Adarna.
- Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara – a 1974 Filipino film
- Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara (TV series) – a Filipino TV series based on the 1974 film