Pagpag: Nine Lives

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  • TV-14
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 5.4  (435)

Pagpag: Nine Lives is a 2013 Filipino horror movie starring Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, and Shaina Magdayao. Directed by Frasco Mortiz, the film follows the story of a group of teenagers who accidentally disturb the resting place of a malevolent spirit, leading to a night of terror and supernatural encounters. The movie takes place in a small town in the Philippines where the belief in supernatural activity is a common occurrence. A family mourns the death of their eldest son, who dies in a car accident. His girlfriend, Leni (Kathryn Bernardo), is devastated by his passing and decides to visit his house to pay her respects.

While Leni is at the funeral, the family's caretakers warn her about the dangers of "pagpag": the Filipino superstition that one must shake off all the dirt and spirits that may have followed them home from a funeral. Refusing to believe in superstitions, Leni ignores their warning and heads back to the city, unknowingly bringing a malevolent spirit with her.

Leni meets up with her friends, including Macoy (Daniel Padilla), who she shares her supposed encounter with the caretakers. Macoy, dismissive of the idea of supernatural beliefs, takes the group to a fast-food restaurant, where they decide to recycle leftovers from the garbage. Afterward, the group decides to watch a movie.

During the film, strange things begin to happen, and a ghostly figure of a woman appears. Terrified, the group decides to go home, but their journey home is far from over. They start to realize that they brought back something from the cemetery, and the vengeful spirit will stop at nothing to inflict harm on them.

As the night progresses, the group is forced to face their fears and confront the supernatural entity that has been haunting them. They learn the hard way that ignoring the warnings of the caretakers could have deadly consequences.

While the story sounds like any regular horror movie, the film's unique twist is that the ghostly spirit that haunts the teenagers is only after their lives because of a Filipino superstition. The belief that one must discard food after attending a funeral derives from the idea that the spirit of the deceased may follow an individual home. This leads to a horror flick that explores the significance of superstitions in Filipino culture.

The movie does its best to keep the suspense up high throughout, and the horror scenes are genuinely terrifying, complete with jump scares and unsettling imagery. The film's pacing often keeps viewers guessing about what's going to happen next, making it more intriguing than a run-of-the-mill horror movie.

There's a good balance between the humor and horror elements in the movie. The comedic scenes are well-executed, and the cast's natural chemistry creates an immersive experience for the viewer, drawing them into the film's story.

Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, and Shaina Magdayao all deliver noteworthy performances in their respective roles, ensuring that the movie's character development is on-point. Kathryn Bernardo, in particular, deserves praise for her portrayal of Leni, whose emotional adjustment to losing her boyfriend adds a layer of depth to the story.

The movie also benefits from its excellent cinematography, which enhances the horror scenes' disturbing visuals, making the terror all the more frightening.

Overall, Pagpag: Nine Lives offers a unique spin on the horror genre, blending superstition and Filipino culture to create an eerie and suspenseful film that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. With a compelling story, great cast, and well-executed scares, Pagpag is an excellent Filipino horror movie worth watching.

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    5.4  (435)