Streaming video service HOOQ held a couple of HOOQ Hangouts this 2016 to showcase the various content it offers. Its first Hangout happened in July. The second one was Halloween-themed and featured an outdoor viewing of Monster House, to show off HOOQ's newly added TV shows and movies for children. Yesterday, HOOQ held its final Hangout event for the year by giving an exclusive premiere of Director Erik Matti's Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Seklusyon.

Seklusyon is set in the 1940s and follows the story of a young deacon who secludes himself in a sacred sanctuary to hide from the Devil's temptations before he is ordained as a priest. Its cast includes Ronnie Alonte, Neil Ryan Sese, Lou Veloso, Rhed Bustamante, Phoebe Walker, Elora Espano, Dominique Roque, John Vic De Guzman and JR Versales. Seklusyon is the only horror film entry in this year's MMFF.

At the short press conference held before the premiere, Erik Matti shared his inspiration for the film. "We had an editor whose father was in the seminary and they were told never to go out days before the ordination kasi nga (because) the Devil will sway them from becoming priests. So when we heard that concept, we really stuck with it, kasi parang scary siya eh, na alam mong may demonyong gugulo sa iyo (because it's scary to know that the Devil will tempt you), but you just don't know when, who, how, why. It plays a lot on the horror psychology ng tao (of people)."

HOOQ continues its partnership with MMFF, with previous film entries such as Haunted Mansion and Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy already available for streaming. Since Reality Entertainment has already partnered with HOOQ for On The Job: The Series, it's safe to assume that Seklusyon will be added to HOOQ's movie collection soon.  

Catch Seklusyon at this year's MMFF, which officially opens on Dec. 25. Watch out for our review soon.

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