Shake Rattle & Roll 3
Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes
Producer: Joey Gosiengfiao, Raul Laurente, et. al.
Screenplay: Jerry Lopez (Yaya and Ate), Dwight Gaston (Nanay)
Date Released: December 25, 1991
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
Shake Rattle & Roll 3 is a trilogy of three short horror stories. Each story has a separate and distinct story but have a common family theme. The plot of each story is described below:
Episode 1 – YaYa
During Christmas, after a power outage happens in a home in the Phillipines, Virgi gets scared and hides in the closet with baby Jane. Virgi believes there is a spirit that is lurking in the house and will take away baby Jane. Soon, Relative, Tanya, discovers that there may in fact be something lurking and trying to get into the house. Tanya quickly finds out that the house she is living in was built on a place where many murders and terrible acts took place.
Episode 2 – Ate
Rosalyn who works at a school is given a letter from the principle that her sister, Rowena wanted to kill herself. When Rosalyn visits Rowena, she is told her sister is dead. But, when she arrives, she discovers her sister walking around. The only problem is that Rowena is not herself and is being cared for by a strange woman and supposed Doctor who are being very secretive. But people sometimes tell the truth.
Episode 3 – Nanay
A nerdy girl named, Maloy, is collecting specimens and is bullied near a lake with out classmates. Her friend, sally swims in the lake and dragged down into the water. That night, she returns home to her all girls dormitory which looks like a brothel. All the other girls and the head of the household abuse Maloy verbally. At the dorm, Maam Eva, tells Maloy that there are gnomes or Undin living in the lake and are evil. Later that night, with the eggs in the container, she opens the container and a gnome jumps out and escapes in the house. She realizes that the undin is looking for her eggs but she is unable to give the eggs back in time before she is interrupted by the other girls. With the Undin loose, no one is safe.
YaYa – there is no gore but the scenes are more paranormal in nature. There are also some cheesy “jump scares” but nothing which is actually scary. However, some of the lighting effects that incorporated are well-done.
Ate – There is no blood or gore. There in one scene where a boy uses a slap stick method to puncture a woman eye. However, as Rowena is in a state of schizophrenia, there are many uncomfortable and upsetting scenes. In one scene she is uncontrollable eating dirt. In other scenes she is being mistreated as abused.
Nanay – There is a scene is someone getting melted to death. Although you never actually see it, you do see the feet being covered with an acid-like substance. Although in another scene, the Undine puts acid on a man and you see his entire lower half of his body melted. Towards the end, there is an all out blood bath.
The Grave Review
The first episode, Yaya, has common plot but is well executed. Unfortunately, there was not much depth to the story. The acting was also very cheesy and subpar. This episode also incorporates some subtle humor l. For example, when Tanya screams after she sees the spirit, the brother says is “what’s wrong with you?” like nothing happened.
The second episode’s story and the performances were well-done. Of the 3 films in the anthology, this film has the least humor. In fact, the film is depressing when at first to believe Rowena has a mental disorder. But as the story progresses, the viewer starts to see more of the horror aspect of the film.
In the third episode, Nanay, the story wasn’t bad. The undin looks like a dirty version of a muppet. When Maloy tries to call the undin, its very funny. Seeing the Undin rise from the toilet bowl is also very amusing. After the undin kills everyone, him and Maloy become best of buddies and the undin waves goodbye sent back to the lake and everyone lived happily ever after. The end. No. I’m not making this up.
Overall, the stories contained in Shake Rattle & Roll 3 are well done. Some aspects of the film are campy but the stories are well executed and are the saving grace making the film as a whole respectable and well-done.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Shake Rattle & Roll 3 three and a half graves out of five graves.
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