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Movie review: Shake, Rattle and Roll 13
Lucky Thirteen

by Miguel Sevilla

 

Horror, along with comedy, is one of the Metro Manila Film Festivalʼs biggest-selling

commodities. Thatʼs why the Shake, Rattle and Roll series has firmly occupied that corner

of the festival year after year even with rival studios now wanting a piece of the action.

While the series languished in its middle period, particularly in the post-Peque Gallaga era,

its more recent installments became a training ground for new directorial talent, providing

the series with some of its most memorable episodes. However, the series always

struggled with consistency, lumping in these gems with some terrible episodes.

This yearʼs installment assembles a formidable collection of filmmakers and to their credit,

while some episodes are weaker than the others, none are laughably bad. And for the

Shake, Rattle and Roll series, thatʼs saying something.

 

Parola is the story of two best friends who accidentally awaken the spirits of

two warring witches after a trip to the lighthouse. While the previous episode struggled with

the story, thereʼs enough material here to sustain a 90-minute movie.

 

The characters are developed surprisingly well throughout the course of the episode. And

it helps that the two central performances are strong, particularly that of Kathryn Bernardo.

Thereʼs smart directing, great camerawork and some genuinely frightening moments,

some of which have never been seen before in the seriesʼ history.

 

It might have bitten off more than it could chew, especially with the characters of the

parents. Thereʼs also an anti-climactic tone to its final showdown and a twist at the very

end rings false, but all in all, this is still one of the best episodes the series has produced.

Rain, Rain, Go Away deals with a couple that is haunted by the memories of Ondoy and a

dark secret that they wished to remain buried in the flood. Itʼs not as great as it could have

been, itʼs still enjoyable for what it ultimately ended up being. The director handles the

mood of the scenes very well and there are some great set pieces here. The screenplay is

messy, taking its time in telling a perfectly simple story and loses the sharpness and its

energy as it goes on to the end.

 

There are rumors that this would be the last installment in the series. And that would be a

shame. It was actually on its dying breath six or seven installments. But the recent years

had some of the seriesʼ more memorable episodes. And with this particular installment and

you can see the series hitting its stride once more.

 

 

SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL 13: Parola (2011)

Regal Films
AVAILABLE on DVD in local video stores.