It was in 1953 when the name Clarita Villanueva became the talk of the town. It was splashed in newspapers especially about her alleged demonic possession. Different accounts told of her supposed demonic possession while she was in jail.
The story of 17-year-old Clarita Villanueva—the first reported demonic possession in Asia--is the inspiration behind Black Sheep’s Claritathat has already grossed over P70-million as of June 27.
The film focuses on the puzzling occurrence when Clarita was incarcerated. The character is played by Jodi Sta. Maria in the film and it shows how Clarita’s faith and those of the people who tried to help her were tested because of the obstacles they had to overcome.
Derick Cabrido studied the records of Villanueva’s case before he filmed her supposed possession. Clarita, a probinsyana, traveled to Manila to look for her father, but, due to some unfortunate incidents, she landed in jail.
In her detention cell, she started manifesting what others thought signs of demonic possession. While it was suspected that the possessions started even before her incarceration, it became more haunting when she was already behind bars.
The film is Jodi’s first horror film, which according to her really pushed her to her limits, especially since she chose to do all her scenes without a stunt double. “It was not easy, the process in making the film was not easy. But seeing the finished product, we can say it was
Ricky Davao, Nonie Buencamino, Romnick Sarmenta, Arron Villaflor, and Alyssa Muhlach also play very important roles in the film.
Claritais also screening in Paris (14 July), 26 July in the U.S., 28 July in Dublin, Ireland; and 4 August in Oslo, Norway.