Friday, December 28, 2012

Chikkaness Review: SRR 14 THE INVASION - offers top notch visuals that boasts its own scary pleasures and satisfying humor

Impressive visual effects with some heart-pounding shocks, master of Pinoy horror movies director Chito Rono brings the 14th installment of Shake, Rattle, and Roll (The Invasion). It boasts of three distinct enthralling episodes with strong performance from its cast.

It kicks off with the Pamana episode where four cousins (Herbert Bautista, Janice de Belen, Arlene Muhlach, and Eri Neeman) gathered in the house of their dead uncle and learned that they will inherit 20 Million after a month if one of them dies and they need to take care of his horror comics. The episode includes a lot of run-and-hide cliches with the horror comic characters coming into life accompanied by a background music of yesterday's horror movies. Maybe it was decided that way because it starred those that were in the earlier franchise. Arlene, Janice and Herbert are entertaining to watch with their right on the spot comic punch. 

Dennis Trillo, Paulo Avelino, Ella Cruz, JC Tiuseco, Martin Escudero, Makisig Morales, among others headline the second episode, Lost Command. It delves into the search of a battallion of soldiers trying to find an answer on the mysterious killing in a forest. The size of the cast may not be equal to the tension felt in watching the episode, still it delivered a scary experience with the twist and transformation of the characters. Dennis, Martin, JC, and Paulo provided decent acting to boost the bloody, gory watching experience.

Unwanted, on the other hand, presents the story of Hank (Vhong Navarro) and Kate (Lovi Poe) who were expecting a baby but not decided yet if they will keep it. But before they could come up with a decision, they were trapped in a shopping mall after an explosion happened. Together with other survivors (Eula Caballero, Eric Tai, Albie Casino, Chocoleit, and  Carlo Aquino), they find a way out to survive but were faced with strange killing creatures. The episode has it flaws but it relies on its satisfying visual effects and effective delivery of Vhong and Lovi. 

Overall, "Shake, Rattle, & Roll IV: The Invasion" offers top notch visuals that boasts its own scary pleasures and satisfying humor

"Shake, Rattle, & Roll IV: The Invasion" is one of the MMFF 2012 entries that's currently showing nationwide. If you haven't seen its trailer, hit the jump.   


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