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‘Shake Rattle & Roll Extreme’ Netflix Movie Review - A Bumpy Ride Through Uneven Horror

Prepare for a rollercoaster of chills and thrills as Shake, Rattle & Roll Extreme delivers a mixed bag of scares in its Filipino horror anthology.

Arpita Mondal - Fri, 01 Mar 2024 20:41:07 +0000 1007 Views
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For decades, the "Shake, Rattle & Roll" franchise has held a special place in Filipino cinema. This horror anthology series, known for its chilling urban legends and a blend of scares and dark humor, has become a cultural phenomenon, leaving its mark on generations of viewers. The latest installment, "Shake, Rattle & Roll Extreme," promises to continue this tradition, offering a fresh trio of terrifying tales. But does it manage to live up to the chilling legacy of its predecessors?

The film delves into three distinct stories, each designed to evoke different flavors of fear. In "Resurector," a group of college friends, fueled by a mix of curiosity and youthful bravado, attempt a forbidden ritual to bring back a deceased classmate. As one might expect, things don't go as planned, unleashing a nightmarish entity that threatens to consume them all.

The first part takes a more traditional approach, exploring the chilling presence of the supernatural. A family grapples with the malevolent spirit of their deceased nanny, "Yaya," who begins to torment them within the very walls they once considered safe.

Finally, we get an injection of the undead into the mix. A seemingly ordinary couple's romantic evening takes a drastic turn when they become ensnared in a zombie apocalypse triggered by a cursed love song. "Shake, Rattle & Roll Extreme" boasts moments that undeniably deliver genuine scares. "Resurector" utilizes effective body horror and unsettling imagery, creating a palpable sense of dread as the friends face the consequences of their misguided actions. "The Ghost of Yaya" taps into the universal fear of the unknown and the vulnerability of children, utilizing classic haunted house tropes with a uniquely Filipino twist.

The zombie premise offers a familiar yet entertaining twist. The film cleverly subverts expectations, incorporating elements of camp and social commentary alongside the typical zombie mayhem.

However, the film stumbles at times, resulting in a somewhat uneven viewing experience. The pacing can be inconsistent, with some segments dragging and others feeling rushed. This disrupts the narrative flow and leaves the viewer yearning for a smoother, more cohesive journey.

The humor, a signature element of the franchise, can also be hit-or-miss. While some jokes land flawlessly, injecting much-needed comedic relief, others fall flat, inadvertently disrupting the atmosphere of the film. The line between humor and horror can be a delicate balance, and "Shake, Rattle & Roll Extreme" doesn't always strike the perfect equilibrium.

Additionally, the special effects range from impressive to underwhelming. While some scenes showcase polished visuals and creature design, others fall victim to a B-movie aesthetic, hindering the film's overall visual impact.

Despite its shortcomings, "Shake, Rattle & Roll Extreme" deserves recognition for its attempt to celebrate Filipino horror. It embraces the genre's campy spirit while offering genuinely unsettling moments and unique takes on familiar horror tropes.

Fans of the franchise and those seeking a taste of distinct cultural horror cinema might find themselves entertained, even if the scares aren't consistently top-notch. The film serves as a love letter to its predecessors, acknowledging their legacy while carving its own path within the ever-evolving horror landscape.

If you're looking for a horror film with a distinct cultural flavor and a willingness to take chances, give it a try. But for those expecting a consistently terrifying experience, proceed with caution. This film is best enjoyed with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the bumps along the ride, just like the thrilling yet uneven experience it offers.

Final Score – [5/10]
Reviewed by - Arpita Mondal
Publisher at Midgard Times



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