Having had my annual “Shake, Rattle and Roll” movie tradition quashed this year (there was none!) I decided rather late in the day that I’d try out another Manila Film Fest horror offering, which just happened to be “Pagpag”.
Superstition dictates that when you visit a wake, you shouldn’t go straight home, lest the spririt of the departed follow you to your house. The premise is you have to drop by some place else, and leave the poor spirit there to fend for himself. (Though why they would want to follow you home is a mystery to me.)
Anyways, the cinematography was clean and mostly engaging. The story…meh. It’s a lot like “Final Fantasy”, where the poor, accidental visitors to a wake all die in some way connected to what superstition they went against during the dead man’s viewing hours.
At some point, I resorted to tweeting just to amuse myself, and was surprised that after 1 tweet, the aunt Matet was already a ghost! Talk about fast-paced.
Anyway, the most exciting part of my viewing experience was when I had mistaken my newly bought footsie socks for my Belgian waffle. Because it was dark, ok? And they were both flat.
So, all-in-all, I thought my PhP200 went down the drain with this one. I don’t really hate it, but I don’t really love it, either. I’m just “Meh”. (Which would have been the same if it were a “Shake, Rattle and Roll” movie, but, you know…tradition.).
I just wish I were a KathNiel fan. I would have enjoyed it a whiole lot, I bet.