You know an Erik Matti film when you see one: it has action, a social issue, and a moody atmosphere. Seklusyon has all these and a whole lot of scares.
Matti’s Seklusyon is set in 1947, and follows four young deacons as they go on their seclusion, a one-week retreat in a remote location. It’s a ritual done by aspiring priests so they can stay away from the devil’s temptations, which is known to be strongest on the last seven days before they enter priesthood. They are supposed to live in peace, until a young healer named Anghela Sta. Ana and her companion Madre Cecilia join them. Soon, the deacons experience supernatural events, with evil forces preying on their deepest fears and darkest secrets.