Silip

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Silip
Daughters of Eve
Silip Theatrical Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Elwood Perez
Produced by
  • Wilson Tieng
  • Willy Tieng
  • Lucy T. Cabuchan
Written by Ricardo Lee
Starring
Music by Lutgardo Labad
Cinematography Johnny Araojo
Edited by Edgardo Vinarao
Distributed by Mondo Macabro (U.S. DVD Release)
Release date
February 7, 1985
Running time
125 minutes
Country Philippines
Language
  • Filipino
  • English

Silip (lit. To witness) is a 1985 Philippine horror sexploitation film written by Ricardo Lee and directed by Elwood Perez.[1][2][3] The film was released outside of the Philippines as Daughters of Eve.

Plot[edit]

In the remote countryside of Ilocos, various women are sexually abused by local men. Two sisters, Tonya (Maria Isabel Lopez), a sexually repressed young woman, and Selda (Sarsi Emmanuelle), a promiscuous woman, meet Simon (Mark Joseph), the most attractive man in the village. Tonya teaches catechism to the children of the village. Selda comes home from the city with her American lover, whom she throws out shortly afterward. She's the exact opposite of Tonya, as her views on sex are more liberal and less guilt-filled. Tonya is secretly sexually attracted to Simon, but she refuses his sexual advances.

Partial cast[edit]

  • Ma. Isabel Lopez as Tonya
  • Sarsi Emmanuelle as Selda
  • Mark Joseph as Simon
  • Myra Manibog as Mona
  • Daren Craig Johnson as Ronald
  • Michael Locsin as Miguel (as Michael Angelo)
  • Arwin Rogelio as Tiago
  • Jenneelyn Gatbalite as Gloria
  • Pia Zabale as Pia
  • Jimmy Reyes as Village leader #1
  • Gloria Andrade as Aling Anda
  • Arthur Cassanova as Village leader #2 (as Arthur Casanova)
  • Chabeng Contreras as Tonya's grandma
  • Cheriebee Santos as Child #1 (as Cherriebee Santos)

Release[edit]

The film's DVD cover released by Mondo Macabro

First released in 1985, the film was commercially released on DVD by Mondo Macabro in 2007.[4] The region-one two-DVD set has soundtracks in both Tagalog and English.[5]

Reception[edit]

Of the DVD release, Kurt Dahlke of DVD Talk noted that Silip: Daughters of Eve is an exploitation film, but "not your usual empty-headed sleaze show," and he remarked that viewers simply looking for a sexploitation film will not understand Silip. He expands on this by writing, "Other reviewers have complained of the long, boring bits in between each scandalous act, completely missing the point," and he explains that unlike many films of its genre, Silip delivers its message "in small-scale epic fashion, with a lyric beauty that's hard to argue against. Using the desert-like scenery to maximum effect, nearly every shot is beautiful to look at, fostering a meditative, sweaty atmosphere that's truly unique." He goes on to praise the cinematography and the simultaneous themes that play out in the film and summarizes "While the women-are-the-root-of-all-evil message is ultimately distasteful, the truths exposed, and the path we're lead [sic] down in getting there, consists of quite a sumptuous, sensuous journey."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reyes, Emmanuel A. (1989). Notes on Philippine cinema (2 ed.). De La Salle University Press. ISBN 9789711180744. 
  2. ^ Valera, Nini (September 17, 2003). "For Mark Joseph, his past as a stud is just 'a hazy dream'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on Oct 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-28 – via accessmylibrary.com. 
  3. ^ "Silip: Cast & Details". movies.tvguide.com. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  4. ^ San Diego Jr., Bayani (February 10, 2008). "Celso Ad film set for DVD release in US". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Silip: Daughters Of Eve (1985) DVD". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  6. ^ Dahlke, Kurt (November 9, 2007). "Silip: Daughters of Eve". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 

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