TxT (film)

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TxT
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DVD cover
Directed by Mike Tuviera
Produced by Antonio Tuviera
Lily Monteverde
Malou Choa-Fagar
Roselle Monteverde-Teo
Written by Penny Daza-Tuviera
Paul Daza
Starring Angel Locsin
Dennis Trillo
Oyo Sotto
Music by Jesse Lucas
Edited by M Dayrit
Production
company
Distributed by Regal Entertainment
APT Entertainment
Regal Home Video
Release date
  • 18 October 2006 (2006-10-18)
Running time
114 mins
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog
English
Budget P 25 million
Box office P 44 million

TxT is a 2006 Filipino supernatural horror film directed by Michael Tuviera and starring Angel Locsin, Dennis Trillo, Oyo Boy Sotto, Julia Clarete, Dante Rivero and Eugene Domingo.

Plot[edit]

Joyce (Angel Locsin), a caregiver in a local elderly home, broke up with her obsessive boyfriend, Roman (Oyo Boy Sotto). As a final request, Roman asked Joyce to drive him home with his car. The two had a tragic accident killing Roman and leaving Joyce wounded.

Alex (Dennis Trillo), a call center agent and has feelings for Joyce, comforts her due to Roman's death. Days have passed and Joyce is receiving messages in her cellphone from Roman's number but dismisses it as a cruel prank. Roman's haunting continues by sending Joyce images of her current activities. Roman's haunting becomes more disturbing when Joyce starts receiving messages containing images of her acquaintances dead at exactly 3:29 am.

Aling Kuring (Eugene Domingo), a local eatery owner and one of the people in the sent images, receives a call from Roman. Thinking it as a prank, Kuring answered the phone causing her head to shake violently to death. Lola Lilia (Perla Bautista), Joyce's patient, is under the latter's constant watch after Joyce receives a text from Roman showing Lilia's death. Before 3:29 am, Joyce fell asleep and her phone began to ring, waking up Lilia. Unable to wake Joyce, Lilia answered the call killing her the same way as Kuring died.

Joyce noticed that Roman is killing the people who did not support their relationship. She sought the help of Dante (Dante Rivero), an anting-anting vendor and at the same time a witch doctor. Dante asked Joyce if Roman is doing any occult activities and asked for some of Roman's possessions. Joyce breaks into Roman's room but was caught by Edith (Bing Loyzaga), Roman's mother and also blamed Joyce for the death of her son. Joyce received another message from Roman showing an image of her best friend and next target, Ida (Julia Clarete). Joyce asked Ida to apologize to Roman for not supporting their relationship in an attempt to persuade Roman not to kill her instead, Ida berates Roman in his grave. Later, Joyce was arrested for trespassing and under Edith's request to detain her for the night. Joyce was able to bribe a policeman with a cellphone in order to escape and also asked help to protect Ida on her impending doom. Joyce was able to reach Ida in the latter's home and wait for the police to arrive. As the police is en route to Ida's house, their chief (most likely Roman's manipulation) ordered them to respond to a nearby accident. Joyce, in a panic as the police is diverting away, left Ida alone in her room and to be killed by Roman.

Joyce was able to obtain some of Roman's possessions, his bloodied phone and a piece of paper containing a picture of him with Joyce together surrounded by incantations and symbols, through his mother, Edith. Joyce gave these objects to Dante. It was revealed that before the car accident Roman forced Joyce to perform a blood pact, while driving, by spilling drops of their blood over Roman's phone. The ensuing struggle caused the accident. While Dante further analyzes the other object, Joyce received another message from Roman showing Joyce and Alex in a car accident causing Joyce to flee. Alex followed Joyce and the two had an argument. Joyce, wanting Alex not to be involved, tries to dissuade him but Alex insisted to be with her eventually confessing his feelings for her.

Dante realized that the incantation written on the paper means "shadow" and warns Joyce through a text that Roman's spirit follows her through her shadow. Roman took over Joyce's body and forced her to ride the car with Alex. Roman knocks both of them unconscious and took control of the car. Dante, driving a car, tries to warn Joyce through phone causing him to collide with the car containing Joyce and Alex. Dante's car fell off the cliff and Joyce's car crashed in a nearby post. Joyce, who is conscious, tries to save Dante but it is too late. Dante however managed to write the warning by typing a text message warning Joyce that Roman will take over Alex's body. Alex emerged from the top of the cliff and as the Joyce cries for mercy and the lightning strikes, he appeared closer to the screen revealing Roman successfully possessed him and the screed cuts to black.

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Reception[edit]

Some[who?] criticize TxT for knocking off certain films such as The Ring and Chakushin Ari by using certain plot devices especially the phone. Some[who?] defend this however, stating that several films have used the same concepts and argue that the film has taken the device to a new level, by integrating a completely sentient ghost (Roman) into the plot, and the inclusion of intricate forms of occult rather than the usual unexplained magic surrounding horror films. Many praise the film for its depiction of caregivers and call center agents (Joyce and Alex) and their different lifestyles and time tables.

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