From the wake of a disaster comes this another, in form of a movie poster (or a storyline). Regal’s Guni-Guni theatrical poster seems awkwardly the same as Thailand’s Alone in 2007.
Thirty years ago, an unborn child was buried in the garden of what is now a boardinghouse in Cubao. It lies beneath the ground, unbeknownst to the tenants who live there. One of the tenants is Mylene (Lovi Poe) who appears like the perfect girl, nice, pretty and at the top of her Medicine class. But nobody knows about her past, not even the man who loves her most, Paolo (Benjamin Alvez). Paolo doesn’t know anything about Mylene’s family, her long, lost sibling or her estranged, nervous wreck of a mother. Nor does he know about the very long scar that runs across Mylene’s body, nor of how incomplete she always feels. And he finds that the more he tries to win back her love, the more she retreats to her secret world that nobody could enter.
One day Mylene asked to perform an abortion for fee, she feels conflicted about doing what’ is right and, at the same time, being in dire need of tuition fee. Her decision ultimately leads to a dark outcome and awakens a force that has laid quiet for years in the boardinghouse grounds. Thereafter, she becomes tormented by nightmares of a dark twin, whose presence gets stronger as days pass, as strange things start to happen in the house. When one by one, the boarders die of unexplainable causes, Joanna (Empress Shuck) the resident psychic and Mylene’s best friend struggles to understand the impending danger that she senses and decides to get to the bottom of the mystery; and as it unravels, they find themselves confronted by an angry soul that seeks justice.
Pim was born as a twin, conjoined at the stomach with her sister, Ploy. Pim was very sweet and protective of Ploy. However, it was Ploy who threw rocks at a group of children who were taunting them. While they were staying in a hospital, Pim and Ploy met a boy named Wee. Although both loved him, Wee only returned Pim’s affections, which made Ploy angry and jealous. Finally Wee recovers from his illness and was able to leave. As he is getting into the car, Wee decided he wanted to see Pim one last time. Since the twins’ room was on the second floor, he decides to call to her. As much as Pim wants to see Wee, Ploy would not get out of bed. Wee is upset and leaves. Angry and in tears, Pim demands that she and Ploy be separated. The twins had an operation to separate them, but Ploy did not survive.
Several years later Pim, who is now living in South Korea and is dating Wee, receives a phone call from Thailand that her mother has had a stroke. When Pim and Wee return to Thailand, Ploy comes back to haunt her. Curious, Wee looks into Pim’s family affairs. In a stroke of irony, Wee learns that Pim is actually Ploy. Revealed in a flashback, Ploy strangled Pim in a jealous rage after Pim demanded they be separated. In order to save Ploy’s life, doctors had to amputate Pim’s corpse from Ploy. Ploy assumed Pim’s identity in order to be with Wee. Throughout the film, Pim’s ghost was actually trying to tell Wee the truth. Ploy’s mother knew of her actions as well, and tried to tell him but was unable to talk due to her weakened state.
After confronting Pim, Ploy takes Wee hostage, but not before killing her mother. However, Wee escapes, and the ensuing fight with Ploy causes the house to catch on fire. Wee escapes, but a shelf falls on Ploy. Trapped underneath, Pim’s ghost confronts and holds her down, taking Ploy with her as burning debris rain down around them. In the end, Wee visits the twins’ grave, apologizes, and places a necklace on their tombstone.
I saw the tagalized version of Alone on ABS-CBN several times now and I liked it so much.
Since Guni-Guni wasn’t shown yet in the Philippines, based from the plot it may arrive to the same ending as Alone’s.
Are we having creativity crisis in the Philippines? Pinoys have a lot of potential on every thing. Even the plot looked recycled from a foreign horror movie. I know we are tired of aswangs, white ladies and other supernatural beings. What could set us apart is story-telling. Why can’t we just do it the right way? The Filipino way? Our own way?