MTRCB slaps X rating on trailer of Andi Eigenmann film

Andi Eigenmann is spirit communicator in the film "Tragic Theater" (Viva Films)

Veteran director Tikoy Aguiluz must be scratching his head after the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) deemed his horror movie’s trailer unfit for public viewing twice.

The review board has yet to publish its ruling on the “Tragic Theater” trailer, but the director cited “too scary” as MTRCB’s verdict on the film’s teaser.

"[I] can’t believe they gave an X rating twice to a trailer for a horror film. Too scary was the verdict. I don’t see anything wrong with my version [of the trailer]. Horror film ito kaya dapat scary, hindi ba?” he posted on Facebook.

The film starring Andi Eigenmann, John Estrada and Christopher de Leon is based on G.M Coronel’s novel about a group of spirit communicators who attempted to exorcise ghosts from the ill-fated Manila Film Center in 1999.

More than a hundred workers were feared buried alive when a portion of the said venue collapsed while it was being built in 1981, during the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ regime.

A group of spirit communicators attempt to exorcise ghosts from the ill-fated Manila Film Center. (Viva Films)
A group of spirit communicators attempt to exorcise ghosts from the ill-fated Manila Film Center. (Viva Films)

Less scary version coming soon?

In a statement sent to Yahoo Philippines, producer Viva Films said it respects the regulatory agency’s evaluation and is conforming to its guidelines.

"We are re-editing the material to conform to the review board's guidelines with the goal of showing a version of the trailer on TV.”

An X rating is not new to Aguiluz. His previous films “Boatman,” “Segurista” and “Biyaheng Langit” had been rated X by the MTRCB.

The movie made headlines when its lead star Andi met an accident while shooting a key scene. She was miraculously unharmed after falling from her harness 15 feet above the ground.