Shake Rattle and Roll 8 (2006)
|13th Floor||Rahyan Q. Carlos||Lily Y. Monteverde||Roselle Monteverde-Teo, Fairlane Raymundo, et. al.|
|Yaya||Topel Lee||Lily Y. Monteverde||Fairlane Raymundo, Iris Saldavia-Aniban, et. al.|
|LRT||Michael Tuviera||Lily Y. Monteverde||Fairlane Raymundo, Lorenzo Valdez|
|Date Released: December 25, 2006|
|Keanna Reeves as Marge||Iza Calzado as Cecille||Manilyn Reynes as Jean|
|Bearwin Meily as Sonny||Sheryl Cruz as Grace||Keempee de Leon as Cesar|
|Roxanne Guinoo as Alyson||Nash Aguas as Benjo||Quintin Alianza as Jimmy|
|Joseph Bitangcol as Gino||TJ Trinidad as Teacher Mel||Empress Schuck as Nina|
|Janus Del Prado as Jun||Debraliz Valasote as Manang Hermie||Dino Imperial as Rocky|
|et. al.||et. al.||et. al.|
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Years ago, a building caught on fire resulting in the death of the residents. Years later, unbeknownst to a group of party organizers, they enter the building which has now been reconstructed. The organizers are hired to organize a birthday party for young Alex. Alex is a quiet child with little friends and may have another reason why she wants the party. When Alex’s party starts, she invites “friends” who are strangely emotionless. But as the organizers conducts the party, they notice strange things about the children. As the story progresses, the organizers start to realize that it may not be a coincidence why they were chosen.
The story follows a very naughty child named Benjo. Benjo goes through nanny after nanny, as they cannot stand his rambunctious behavior. One day, a new nanny comes by and claims that she was sent by the grandmother. Without verifying her story, Benjo’s family accepts her into their household as the new nanny. But Benjo, despite his mischievous behavior, does not trust the new nanny. He starts to investigate the existence of aswang or shapeshifters. Through his teacher, he is able to find out how to detect and fight them. The story unfolds as his suspicions become true. With no one to believe him, he must try to stop this aswang to protect his family as well as his baby sister.
The film’s location is the train and the train station. It opens up with a number of people which seemingly is the last trip of the day. After a few minutes, the train stops in a train station in which all exits and entrances are suspiciously blocked. The people become trapped in the station with no way in or out. The group alight from the train to find the way out. While they are in the process of looking for an exit, they are attacked by a sightless monster who feeds on hearts. One by one, the people in the group are killed by the monster. Now the remainder of the group must escape a new threat.
13 floor – There is no blood or gore in this film.
Yaya – There is not a lot of blood or gore. However, the special effects of the aswang adds some scare factor to the story.
LRT – There is not much blood or gore except for the few cases of people where their heart were extracted manually from their chest. The presence of the sightless monster adds a dimension of suspense and thrill.
The Grave Review
The 13 Floor starts off by being comical and light. There are multiple comedic scenes in this film which make it pleasant to watch. As the story progresses, it becomes darker. The film also incorporated an interesting twist towards the end of the film but in some ways was also cliché and predictable in some ways. As to the acting, the performances were over dramatized but added to the comedic relief. Overall, 13th Floor was a simple short story but had the occasional nice and fun scenes.
Yaya has a very slow pace. The performances were commendable especially for the role of Benjo (Nash Aguas). What made his performance so note worthy is the genuine and responsible role he took protecting his baby sister. His performance was refreshing and kind-hearted. Despite the fact that the story was predictable and slow-paced, Yaya is a simple and enjoyable film.
LRT is a horror film with very little character development. Being a short film, there is not much that can be done. However, it is able to convey the message. In this tale of monster vs. human, evil triumphs over good. Indeed, whenever law enforcement is involved in a diabolic situation, this makes the story all the more disturbing. LRT felt tiresome, overdone and boring. As such, LRT was not the best short-film of the three in this anthology.
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