|Hagkan Mo Ako, Bago Isumpa|
The movie is derailed from its central intention by the long drawn-out sex scenes, although reliable dramatic performers are cast for good measure. Myrna Castillo's concept of dramatic intensity unfortunately is to play every scene on a very high key, which she achieves mainly by doing a lot of shouting. A misconception that the director did not choose to correct. All of Myrna's external manifestations of anger and resentment only succeed to create an intolerable and unsympathetic character. To Myrna's excess of external energy, more experienced actresses Lucita Soriano and Anita Linda counter with muted and deliberately controlled performances. While Myrna is ranting and raving, Lucita and Anita respond with small reactions and interiorized emotions that easily score them acting points. In contrast to the film's bridled dramatics, the pervasive musical score is awash with a runaway exuberance, proving to be more than anything else, intrusive and annoying. The screenplay unravels tediously, abusing further an already abused plot. The dialogue eventually degenerates into pure soap opera, a fitting compliment, as it happens, to the omnipresent score. Needless to say, Hagkan Mo Ako Bago Isumpa shows plenty of flesh but the titillation does not make up for its lack of substance.
Written And Directed By: Lito J. de Guzman
Director Of Photography: Joe Tutanes
Music By: Jenny Lee
Film Editor: Rene Tala
Produced By: Fantasy Films International
Release Date: November 19, 1987