November 26, 2023

SRR Extreme 2023: Spine-tingling scares before the holidays

WARNING: Contains major spoilers.
Continuing the tradition of the Shake, Rattle and Roll trilogy during the holidays, Regal Entertainment Inc. presents the new line up of scary movies that puts the variety of film experience Filipinos were accustomed of. And this year, they have come extreme with three stories that are worth watching. I was happy to attend and gala night on November 26 at Market! Market! cinema in BGC and sharing my thoughts about this set. Themes were almost all Gen Z, I think, in general.
Glitch (by Joey De Guzman)
A demon captures vulnerable children's attention as their families were slowly torn apart through technology. In the modern times, Iza Calzado is a busy mother that no longer believes in prayers while she displays the Nativity scene in time for Christmas. Her daughter was lured by "Gary The Goat" in a kid's show and it was invited into her home with a bewitching chant. None that she is aware of but the goat is actually a demon that hurts and kills the people that disagree with the child. Appearing as a friend to the child but actually a punisher in disguise. The story gives a religious premise which is already predictable.

Lesson: Don't spoil the kids with gadgets and monitor what they're watching. 6/10

Mukbang (by Jerrold Tarog)
A group of social media influencers gather in a "dream collab" hosted by a couple. While they enjoy their stay in a collab mansion, feast on a delectable meat lovers buffet, their personalities change one by one. Strange as it seems, it was just ignored until they discovered they're in a monsters' lair that transfigures to their victims and eats human flesh to stay immortal. This movie is a balanced mix of fun, Gen Z spirit, a non-cringy romance and horror that social media savvies will enjoy. 8.5/10

Rage (by Richard Somes)
An alien life form from the meteor shower infests and transforms a provincial barrio into an angry zombie district that kills everyone in sight. In this story of survival, Jane de Leon and her friends try to escape the place through all means. This zombie-slasher segment knows how to do it. 8/10

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Extreme stars Iza Calzado, Paul Salas, Jane de Leon, Jane Oneiza, Paolo Gumabao, with social media stars, AC Bonifacio, Ninong Ry, Esnyr, Phi Palmos, and more. Opening this Wednesday, November 29, only in theaters nationwide.

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