Pinoy Halloween will never be complete without some spine-chilling vibes from our favorite classic horror movie series: Shake, Rattle & Roll.
ICYDK, Shake, Rattle & Roll is a horror anthology series produced by Regal Entertainment. It released its pilot film in 1984. Its collection usually tells stories about various mystical creatures from Filipino folklore, like "aswang, tikbalang, kapre," etc. Since then, the series has been giving every Filipino a chance to enjoy some blood-curdling yet enjoyable watch.
Although they did not make it to the roster of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2023 official entries, the film is set to make its comeback this year. Since it's also Halloween, we thought of having a quick throwback to our top Shake, Rattle & Roll installments through the years. Ready? Don't worry we won't spoil you too much about the films!
Below are 7 of our most favorite stories from the Shake, Rattle & Roll collection:
1. Yaya from Shake, Rattle & Roll 8 (2006)
This might have become a nightmare to some "naughty" kids out there. Nash Aguas plays the role of a tricky and problematic kid who usually sends her nannies quitting. He then encounters a one-of-a-kind nanny played by Iza Calzado, who he will later on suspect as an "aswang" who eats little kids like him.
2. LRT from Shake, Rattle & Roll 8 (2006)
If you're taking the LRT for your daily commute, this one might give you the creeps whenever you ride the trains again—but it's still a must-watch. Top-billed by Manilyn Reynes and Kimpee De Leon, LRT tells the story of a couple of commuters who took the midnight train and unexpectedly were chased by creatures killing them one by one.
3. Class Picture from Shake, Rattle & Roll 10 (2008)
It all started with a class picture from sometime in the 1800s. Kim Chiu, who plays the protagonist, Joy, discovered the class photo. Little did she know that the old photo would bring them bad luck as some of her classmates disappeared one after another. Later on, she realized that the nun in the photo was a vengeful spirit haunting their school and killing students.
4. Punerary from Shake, Rattle & Roll 12 (2010)
Punerarya's story tackles Carla Abellana's character, Diane's bravery against shape-shifting creatures, "aswang." She is a human tutor to a family that she didn't know had bad intentions. Despite finding out the secrets of the "aswang" family, Dianne chooses to stay and save the children she tutors from the other evil creatures surrounding the family.
5. Aswang from Shake, Rattle & Roll 2 (1990)
Here's another remarkable horror watch from Manilyn Reynes, and no doubt this is one of the ~classic and hard to forget~ stories from the anthology. Set in small barrios, Manilyn who acted as Portia was invited to her friend's "barangay fiesta." However, it appeared that her friend's village was cursed by an "aswang." She will later look for a solution to escape the village and to free the villagers from the dark curse.
6. Ulam from Shake, Rattle & Roll 15 (2014)
Ulam also tackled the concept of curses. Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana played a young couple who entered a cursed ancestral house. A part of the curse transforms them into animals whenever they eat the food given to them inside the house. Plus, they experience paranoia and intense cravings for the cursed food, which most probably was made of human flesh. To break free from the house, the couple had to achieve mind-boggling tasks.
7. Nanay from Shake, Rattle & Roll 3 (1991)
Do you remember "undin"? It's the iconic creature introduced by Shake, Rattle & Roll back in 1991, and again it was a story well-portrayed by Manilyn Reynes. Her character, Maloy goes on a field trip at the lake with her problematic classmates and later on discovers a vengeful water spirit enraged by the pollution of the lake. The spirit attacks anyone who enters her territory, including Maloy and her classmates. Until Maloy found a way to communicate and to make peace with the spirit, she called it "undin."