Shake Rattle and Roll XV (2014)
Written By: DMG
|Ahas||Dondon S. Santos||Lily Y. Monteverde||Rody Vera|
|Ulam||Jerrold Tarog||Lily Y. Monteverde||Jerrold Tarog|
|Flight 666||Perci Intalan||Lily Y. Monteverde||Evie Macapugay, et. al.|
Date Released: December 25, 2014
|Erich Gonzales as Sarah||Dennis Trillo as Henry||Lovi Poe as Karen|
|JC De Vera as Troy||Carla Abellana as Aimee||Matteo Guidicelli as Dave|
|Ariel Rivera as Alberto||Chanda Romero as Aling Lina||John Lapus as Iggy Moda|
|John Lapus as Iggy||John Lapus as Iggy||Daniel Matsunaga as Bryan|
|Lou Veloso as Badjo||Perla Bautista as Amah Choleng||Bernard Palanca as Carlos|
|Alice Dixson as Lourdes||Kryshee Frencheska Grengria as Julie||Kiray Celis as Lovely|
|Giselle Canlas as Jinny||Yogo Singh as Paolo||IC Mendoza as Adam|
|et. al.||et. al.||et. al.|
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Troy has a horrible nightmare that his fiancé gets killed by a snake while trying on clothes in a fitting room at a mall. But what we believe to just be a nightmare may in fact be more than that. What we learn is that some people are led to a particular fitting room only to be lured and killed by a snake-like woman. It turns out a snake by the name of Sarah is locked up in the basement of the mall. All Sarah wants is to be human and loved. On the day of her birthday, her obsession causes her to escape the basement and roam the mall. But, these events may not be coincidental.
Henry and his family have recently moved into a new house cared for by Miss Lina. But as thee family continues to stay in the new home, they start to become sick and hallucinate. Soon, Henry and his wife, Aimee become possessed by some force. Someone is terrorizing the family and seeking revenge for past events.
A small group of passengers including a pregnant woman board a plane flying from Manila to Zamboanga. While in midflight, one passenger turns out to be a hijacker who threatens to blow the plane up if he is not given a sum of money. At the same time, the pregnant woman gives birth to a baby. Although the baby is initially pronounced dead, the baby disappears after some turbulence caused people to pass out. Now there is a new threat on board and its not the hijacker.
Ahas – There is some gore in this film. There is one notable scene where shattered glass pierces one person’s head. The scene is more visually unsettling rather than outright gory. In addition, the CGI work of the snake was descent as well.
Ulam – For most of the film, there is not a lot of gore. But, as the story progresses, the story becomes excitedly more grotesque particularly when Henry starts to eat what appear to be raw organs of some kind.
Flight 666 – There is not a lot of gore in this story. There are some scenes which involve some blood splatter by the monster baby while it attacks some passengers.
The Grave Review
The story was clear and well-paced. The acting was a little overdramatized and somewhat comical which clashed with the seriousness of the story. However, the performances did not take away from the entertainment value of the short film. The backstory and twists of the film were also clearly told. As such, Ahas was a well-written short and the best short film of this particular anthology.
There always seems to be one story involving a house that possesses the people who inhabit it. Ulam would be that story. This was not the best film from a story perspective. Miss Lina seeks revenge on people who have nothing to do with her life or her past which I thought was a bit ridiculous. There was not much in the way of character development and everything seemed somewhat flat. To add to this, the ending was less than satisfying and did not conclude the story other than the fact that there were a lot of deaths.
The biggest flaw of Flight 666 was that the story was devised of three different issues: 1) the hijacker, 2) the monster baby, and 3) the bomb. There were so many burdens to overcome that you never fully appreciate any one issue. The chaotic atmosphere was further enhanced by very bad acting and overacting to say the least. When the bomb exploded, it was surprising and blatantly unrealistic that so many people had survived. The most ridiculous part was that the surviving members walked away from the plane laughing like multiple people haven’t just died. With these points in mind, Flight 666 was badly conceptualized and attempted to combine these three concepts into one story which did nothing but create an unclear focal point and lack of direction.
Overall, the fifteen installment compared to its predecessors was not very good. Of the three short stories, Ahas takes the gold medal. The other two stories were either convoluted or didn’t present a good story at all.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Shake Rattle and Roll XV (2014) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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