Darna (1991) big budget actioner with Nanette Medved
directed by Joel Lamangan
starring Nanette Medved · Nida Blanca · Edu Manzano ·
Pilar Pilapil · Bing Loyzaga · Tonton Gutierrez
The previous entry in the Darna series
was 1980's DARNA
AND DING starring Vilma Santos. Then - after a 10 year delay -
came this long-awaited DARNA 1991
with Nanette Medved in the title role. But that was not the only difference.
time Darna [both the character and the motion picture] underwent a
'sexification.' No longer the nimble tomboyish character of previous
films, Nanette Medved's Darna is strong, desirable and tempting. In fact
[shockingly], she is the target of a gang-rape twice in this film. The
movie itself is also intentionally designed for a much more mature audience
as the horror elements are intense, the bad-guys are vicious and the landscape
is darkly grim. Arguably, the motion picture is still intended for a kiddie
audience but it's astonishing to see segments like [for instance]
the one inside a gay nightclub.
confronts a Satanic force determined to bring 'darkness' to the
world with endless conflict and corruption. Philanthropist Dominico Lipolico
is the superhuman Master behind this movement. He and two disciples (snake
goddess Valentina and savage aswang Impakta) decide to kidnap and brainwash
Darna, converting her to Hell's dark side, in an attempt to take control
of the Far East.
The next movie in
this series would be DARNA
THE RETURN with Anjanette Abayari in 1994.
Filipino movie with optional ON/OFF English subtitles
and some English language;
fullscreen format, (103 min.), in DVD format, encoded for NTSC ALL REGIONS,
playable on any American DVD machine. Extras include Darna theatrical
Recommended for Mature Audiences