REVIEW: “Bloody Crayons” menaces with awesome horrific twists and turns

If you want to experience pure horror that would not only scare you to bits but also offer a thrilling cinematic ride akin to the best in Hollywood, the game of Bloody Crayons is that ride of your life.

Director Topel Lee has surely offered another impressive addition to his trail of horror flicks, positioning him as that intrinsic Pinoy marvel of the genre.

Above all, Bloody Crayons is a tale we can relate to—a gang of nine innocently hying off to a remote island to film a school project. Yes, we witness all their incredulities and somewhat frivolous nature, and bamboozled with backstories that tickle our fancy.

And, the status “It’s Complicated” might very well describe their association.

The leader and director of the film project, Kiko (Elmo Magalona) is in love, albeit secretly, to Eunice (Janella Salvador), who in turn is the apple of John’s (Ronnie Alonte) eyes. The owner of the vacation house they are filming is Olivia (Jane Oineza), Eunice’s best friend. Olivia’s ex is also in the group, Kenly (Diego Loyzaga), who brought his new girlfriend Marie (Sofia Andres) on the trip. Another participant, April (Maris Racal) had just friendzoned a brokenhearted companion Justin (Yves Flores). And who would miss the comic relief Gerard (Empoy Marquez), who would bring laughs to an otherwise chilling setup.

While the start brought too much attention on the complex relationships between the charming characters—with the film still brandishing that love angle (or triangles—two of them, actually), bickerings between the females, and maybe overdoing the “stereotyping” of characters to meet the slasher movie plot requirements.

For horror flick aficionados, that may be a drag.

But when the first death brought chills, it was since an enjoyable, exhilarating and gripping ride in witnessing horror at its best as more shocking killings happen.

Lee infused his genius in such elements as cinematography, scene pacing, film and sound editing, lighting, and even the musical score, which accurately depicts the mounting trepidation, especially those times it is abruptly cut to amplify the screams.

Such an expert hand in the genre menacingly handled those horrific twists and turns. We are very much impressed with how Lee executed the climactic scenes, especially those terrifying chases and how the killings were mounted in a way even the horror connoisseur would shriek. Best of all, it gives its youthful cast a remarkable platform to brandish their talents on the silverscreen.

Especially Jane Oineza, who brilliantly portrayed Olivia despite the imposing thespic challenges the role brings.

While the film might have been too committed to expand an actually simple story, even with contrasting dramatic turns, the scream element was definitely forceful and earsplitting for the film to effectively carry out its purpose: scare us out of our wits.