Horror movies, Pinoy style

(Manila Bulletin) Filipino moviegoers are certified great patrons of the horror genre; this, considering their big anticipation for scary flicks even while the trailer of an upcoming views or deserving approval from the ordinary movie-going people. Some insiders put the blame on the movies’ shallow budgets for good effects or their unbankable stars, while a number of movie critics have deeper insights, pointing the finger to badly written plots and scripts or Hollywood-copy or obviously Asian-style-based scare punches. Just how many of today’s local movies did inject the ‘twist-in-the-end’ kick as largely popularized by M. Night Syamalan’s “Sixth Sense” fame?

According to reviewers, more often than not, the local version of such a twist are poorly predictable, like from that of the Psycho-patterned picture whose lead star mentally pretended his iron-fisted aunt is still alive. The point is, Filipinos do love movie twists, if only these are well implanted by the filmmakers.

Looking back in the history of Pinoy scary movies, those that remained long in the consciousness of moviegoers are those films that fleshed out unforgettable characters, great acting and actors, and real scary, effective plots.

Here are some of the more memorable local horror flicks best for DVD/VCD or cable channel reruns this Halloween.

Tiyanak (1988) – This movie not only popularized the phrase “Ang Anak ni Janice,” but more importantly provided cinema fans with a picture to remember when talking about this ‘crying, adorable baby who turns into a monster.’ Even the look of the demon baby in the movie left a scary mark in the minds of the viewers. It starred Janice de Belen, Lotlot de Leon, and Ramon Christopher.

impaktitaImpaktita (1989) – Jean Garcia’s starring role-film comprised of big stars Aga Muhlach, Richard Gomez, Gloria Romero, and the late Nida Blanca. Director Peque Gallaga provided viewers with enough scare to make it suspenseful and worth-watching.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll (1984) – Nothing beats the original and with such a trilogy directed by big-name directors Emmanuel Borlaza, Ishmael Bernal and Peque Gallaga. The three episodes, “Baso,” “Pridyider,” and “Manananggal,” turned this title into a Regal Film-franchise.

Haplos (1982) – Featuring the tandem of Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon, and a memorable role for Rio Locsin, this gentle ghost story is classic in its own, combining images of Japanese soldiers’ Philippine occupation during the World War II and the country’s calm, remote life. The film also boasts an eerie sad musical score.

Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara (1974) – Celso Ad Castillo’s masterpiece has that plot of ‘a jealous wife’s dying curse on her husband and presumed lover.’ The movie is said to contain a powerful performance from Susan Roces, and was re-made in 1995 with Chito Roño at the helm.

Gabi Ng Lagim Ngayon (1980) – This movie somewhat ushered the series of competent 1980s horror pictures, gathering a big-time ensemble of cast in Charito Solis, Alma Moreno, Rio Locsin, Bembol Roco, Chanda Romero, and Mark Gil.

By YUGEL LOSORATA

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Comments

  1. michelle says:

    sana ay lalo pang gumanda ang inyong mga artikolo dito.

  2. michelle says:

    sana lalong pang nakakatakot ung ilagay nyo sa artikolo ninyo para masaya at magandang basahin kc gusto ko po ung mga horror ang binabasa ko

  3. ej 23 says:

    Good day Michelle,

    Hindi pa ba nakakatok yung nagyayari sa bansa natin?
    Have a nice day.

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