Film #122: TXT
2 out of 5 stars
While TXT is a predictable, overly-dramatic exercise in cinematic terror, it is an interesting experiment in that it lifts the veil on another culture and what it finds frightening (in the case, The Philippines). The direction and look of the film are a little better than you’d expect. The acting is overly stylized and comes off a little too melodramatic. The story is WAY too convoluted for its own good and the pace is far too slow for the film to be effective, but again… the devil is in the details and there are some effective moments here. Obviously, the scriptwriter watched a little too much J-Horror before sitting down at his word processor since the film rips off half a dozen Japanese horror film of recent years (most notably THE RING & ONE MISSED CALL). The makeup FX are little more than sclera lenses and white pancake makeup. In the end, TXT fails to be an effective horror film, but that’s not to say it’s not a worthwhile watch. Just go in expecting little and you won’t be that disappointed. For a really good Filipino horror film, rent THE MAID.