Recently added on Netflix, King Palisoc’s horror thriller “Kampon” is one of those films that needs to be watched by ghost story lovers around the world. The word “Kampon” comes from the Filipino words ‘kampon’ and ‘ampon’, which respectively mean ‘servant’ and ‘an adopted child’. The film is solely based on these two themes and a couple more as we are introduced to this couple, Clark and Eileen, who don’t have a child of their own. However, their lives take a swift turn when a child knocks at their door, which is followed by a series of tragic events.

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Kampon (2023) Plot Summary and Movie Synopsis:

The film starts with a brother, Ranulfo, carrying his sister, Loretta, to a healer, Na Almera’s house. Loretta seems to be in some kind of pain that is probably pushing her to death from the inside. Na Almera gives her a drink. But it does not work, and Loretta dies. After that, the healer tries something unholy. In order to perform that ritual, she is required to cover up the faces of the gods she worships. When the ritual is finished, Loretta regains consciousness as we see a sign appear on the left bottom of her belly. Perhaps the devil marks the vessel as it enters into the body.

Later, we meet with Clark and Eileen, who are yet to have a child of their own. Clark is sterile, and he loves to spend time with Eileen without worrying about having his own kid. But Eileen is talking to her friend Rhona to find out if there is any possibility of curing Clark’s problem. Eileen wants to have a kid. But Clark has lost all his hopes and wasted so much money on the doctors. They look happy, but there is a feeling of sadness that keeps intensifying with time.

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How does Clark find Jade?

Eileen’s father is admitted to the hospital as he is perhaps in a coma. One day, Eileen finds out that his father is moving and trying to say something. However, the old man dies saying that he doesn’t want Eileen here which at that moment makes no sense. A couple of days later, at night, when Eileen and Clark are in a deep sleep, their bell rings. Eileen wakes up Clark, and he goes to see the CCTV footage on multiple monitors.

Clark, after leaving the police force, now perhaps works in security (his profession is not clearly shown). Therefore, his house is filled with cameras. He does not find anyone in the footage except that the front gate is open. Clark opens the main door to the house and finds a little girl standing in the rain with some luggage. Eileen takes her inside the house despite Clark’s disapproval. Eileen says that she is a little girl soaking wet in the rain. She needs to be taken care of.

Clark is handed a paper before this in which the girl’s name, Jade Bitangcol, is written. Later, at the dinner table, Jade addresses Clark as his father, and things start to fall apart. Clark asks Eileen whether she believes the kid or not because she already knows Clark is sterile, and the kid must be lying then. She doesn’t want to doubt Clark about his honesty toward her. However, the situation is making her think multiple things at the same time.

Is Jade possessed?

Clark and Eileen bring Jade to the police station the following day to report her missing and find her family. Eileen takes Jade to the canteen to bring some food for her while Jade takes a different route and ends up in front of the prison. There is a prisoner who tries to scare her. Nevertheless, Jade firmly says the date of his death and how he will be killed. Later, Eileen brings her and Clark’s ex-colleague, who is now a Colonel and takes samples for DNA tests.

Following these events, one day, Eileen visits Rhona’s house along with Jade. While Eileen and Rhona are busy chatting, Rhona’s daughter sees Jade jumping from the floor to the ground. She tells this to them and Eileen runs to see if Jade is okay. She sees her playing in the garden and wonders how anyone can survive that fall. Later, in front of Rhona’s daughter, Jade kills a bird with a bare hand. One night, Clark overhears some sound from Jade’s room, so he opens the door and finds nothing. Right after he leaves, we see Jade uttering some mantras of some sort.

Another night, Jade is seen uttering mantras over Eileen while she is asleep. Clark suddenly opens his eyes and he sees a creature from the past and tries to shoot it. However, moments after, he sees Jade in its place. Clark remembers the incident which forced him to leave the police job. Long ago, when Clark was on patrolling duty, he searched inside a cargo ship and found a creature that killed his men, and before it could get to Clark, his colleague, now the Colonel, shot it dead. The creature was a man with long nails and a bizarre head.

Is Jade really Clark’s daughter?

Kampon (2024) Movie Ending Explained
A still from “Kampon” (2024) streaming on Netflix.

The DNA report comes in, and it says that Clark is indeed Jade’s father, which confuses Clark more than anything. Clark, however, has already visited old archives and remembered this one time when he was with a woman, rather a hook-up or, more precisely, a one-night stand. So, when the DNA report came in, Colonel jokingly said that perhaps after he impregnated that woman, she had cursed Clark. As a result, he became sterile.

Meanwhile, Clark sees a man on the road whom he had seen earlier, stalking him for some reason. Clark angrily goes to him and punches him in front of everyone. The Colonel has to take Clark into custody, and that prisoner from before tells him that Jade is possessed. The following morning, when Eileen finds out about the DNA report, she completely mutes herself, pretending that everything is fine. Clark has apologized to her multiple times but she does not seem to respond or react as Clark has expected.

In the meantime, we see that there are more creatures who are following Clark’s movement just like the man Clark had hit so hard. When the representative of child care came looking for Clark’s house, one of those creatures killed him outside the house. Later that night, the Colonel calls Clark while Clark is monitoring the CCTV footage. Colonel says that he has found out about Jade’s mother, Loretta. But it turns out the whole family had been a victim of an accident. However, Loretta, Jade, along with more bodies went missing from the spot.

Kampon (2024) Movie Ending Explained:

What does Jade Want from Clark and Eileen?

While the Colonel is explaining the situation to Clark, he sees multiple figures outside his house. Clark goes outside to look for them but finds nothing. So he comes back inside the house only to discover that Eileen is breastfeeding Jade. Later, Eileen tells Clark that she is pregnant and lactating. Soon after, Clark tries to get Eileen away from Jade, but the possessed human beings or the creatures attack Clark and take him away.

When Clark opens his eyes, he sees that he is tied up against a tree, and Jade is performing some rituals on Eileen. The creatures cover them. We find out before all of this that when the accident occurred in the past, everyone indeed was dead except for Jade. Jade finds Loretta’s head and talks to her. Since the devil lives inside Loretta, even if the body dies, the devil lives on. Jade follows the instructions and later awakens another four dead bodies, including her uncle, Ranulfo.

Jade’s purpose (as instructed by the devil itself) is to bring Eileen and help the devil enter into the new body or the vessel so that it can live. Since Loretta’s body has lost all limbs and heads due to the accident, the devil now requires a new vessel. So, it suggests Jade go to her original father, Clark, and bring him so that they can all live together, happily. To help her, the devil asked Jade to wake four dead people among the accident victims.

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But Clark seems to be more resistant than the devil had hoped. Meanwhile, the Colonel followed Clark and untied him. Right after, Clark sees the Colonel’s head exploding into pieces in front of his eyes. Later, Clark sees that just by moving her hand, Jade finishes off all the four creatures that are protecting the ritual. Later, Clark confronts Jade and sees that Loretta’s torso is kept and Eileen is still unconscious. Clark shoots numerous times at Loretta’s torso and runs away with Eileen.

Is Eileen the New Vessel (Kampon) for the Devil?

Soon after, Eileen seems to have regained consciousness, but unfortunately, Ranulfo shoots Clark dead. When Eileen finally wakes up, she sees herself in the presence of Jade. Eileen asks multiple times about Clark, to which Jade only replies that Clark doesn’t want to come with them. Eileen finds an unfinished sign on her belly, the same as we have previously seen on Loretta’s belly. It suggests that the ritual is unfinished as Clark intervenes and saves Eileen from becoming the vessel (Kampon) of the devil.

At the end of the film, we see Loretta’s torso still moving as the devil has locked in and cannot be moved from there. Clark, perhaps without knowing much about the ritual, does the right thing by shooting at the torso because it has stopped the transfer of the vessel. It is, however, unclear whether a part of the devil still resides within Eileen as the sign may be incomplete, but still, the sign remains, at least some of it.

The fascinating thing about the ending is that Jade seems to be pretty sure that her mother is back. So, this may indicate that some part of the devil indeed has found its way into Eileen while most of it still stays inside Loretta’s torso. It is unclear whether there will be a sequel or not to this story. However, the ending is indeed top-notch because of Clark’s sacrifice and Jade’s undying urge to bring back her mother, as she has followed the devil’s instructions thoroughly.

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Kampon (2024) Movie Links: IMDb, Wikipedia, Letterboxd
The Cast of Kampon (2024) Movie: Derek Ramsay, Beauty Gonzalez
Kampon (2024) Movie Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller | Runtime: 1h 31m
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