Shake, Rattle & Roll is now an annual fixture in the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Since 2005, every edition of the film festival has had the horror anthology. It is a welcome diversion, both for audiences and filmmakers, because SRR gives moviegoers an option aside from the usual drama, comedy, and fantasy fare that are always present in MMFF.
Also, the short format of SRR, which always has three episodes, gives various directors a chance to experiment.
This year, however, for the first time in SRR history, only one director will helm the three faces of horror. Director Chito Roño is the chosen one.
Perhaps Direk Chito is the right choice. Aside from having several awards under his belt, he can be lauded for breaking several genre taboos in the 2012 box-office hit The Healing.
(CLICK HERE to read PEP’s review on The Healing)
The challenge for Direk Chito in SRR 14 is to bring three very different stories, with different writers, to life.
The first segment is "Pamana," written by Ricky Lee.
It tells the story of four cousins who receive news of an inheritance from a deceased uncle, who happens to be a famous horror writer for comic books. Amidst the group’s bickering, the comics writer’s creations come to life to test them.
"Pamana" stars Herbert Bautista, Janice de Belen, Arlene Muhlach, Eri Neeman, Dennis Padilla, Empress, Ivan Dorschner, Dimples Romana, Fabio Ide, and Snooky Serna.
The second segment is "Lost Command," written by Rody Vera.
This one is about a battalion of soldiers exploring an unknown forest for a secret operation.
"Lost Command" stars Dennis Trillo, Paulo Avelino, Martin Escudero, JC Tiuseco, Alex Castro, AJ Dee, Ronnie Lazaro, Rommel Padilla, Makisig Morales, and Ella Cruz.
The last segment is "Unwanted," written by Roy Iglesias.
It tells the story of the couple Hank and Kate, who are trapped in a mall after it collapses due to mysterious causes. Along the way, they meet several other survivors who help them solve the mystery.
"Unwanted" stars Vhong Navarro, Lovi Poe, Eula Caballero, Albie Casiño, Carlo Aquino, Eric Tai, and Jairus Aquino.
(CLICK HERE to read the complete review on PEP’s microsite on the Metro Manila Film Festival.)