San Lazaro

Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.59 (8 ratings)

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Writer/Director: Wincy Aquino Ong

Cast: Ramon Bautista, Wincy Aquino Ong, Nicco Manalo, Ely Buendia, Kean Cipriano

Synopsis: Limuel and Sigfried, estranged childhood friends, journey to the remote town of San Lazaro to ask an infamous faith healer for help in saving the life of Limuel’s brother, who becomes possessed by a secret-eater spirit.

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Trailer: 

Reviews:

4.0        Philbert Dy (Esquire)

“This is a film destined to find a cult, drawing people in with its unique brand of insanity, spreading the madness and the world just a little bit stranger.” (Read full review)

3.75     Gelo Clavano (Some Loose Change)

“Basically, the horror element in this movie comes from all the character’s different situations in general as compared to constantly being shocked. And I like that kind of subtlety, most horror movies don’t have it anymore.” (Read full review)

3.5        Oggs Cruz (Lessons from the School of Inattention)

San Lazaro disguises itself as horror yet it is most apparent that its primary purpose is not to shock or scare. It is intriguingly unhinged, with characters that are grounded more on humorous illogic than common sense.” (Read full review)

3.5        Manuel Pangaruy (IndioCine)

“Medyo nakakapanibago ang genre sa umpisa pero para sa akin, na-pull off naman na pagsamahin ito. Maganda ang visual na hindi ko inaasahan at ang signature humor ng mga bida ay hindi naging sell out.” (Read full review)

3.0        Eduardo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

San Lazaro is a no-brainer: a horror slash road movie slash buddy comedy. Pitched somewhere between Chito Rono and Edgar Wright, albeit with little of the former’s visual acumen but thankfully even less of the latter’s slavish and annoying geekiness.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

4.0        Lyndon Maburaot (Cinephiles)

“A delightful film whose brand of comedy is as innate as the rapport between the two main leads is genuine. It’s so good especially if it breaks the tedium of a rather long drive.”

3.5        Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Dalawang element ang nandito. Una, ‘yung signature humor nina Ramon Bautista at Wincy Ong. Ikalawa, ‘yung effort sa filmmaking nito (cinematograpy, etc.) Duda ko, ginawa ‘yung pelikula mainly para sa mga followers. Tipong kahit sobrang simple o pangit ng pagkakagawa so long as nand’un ‘yung humor, papanoorin pa rin ito ng mga fans. Nagkataon na kahit ‘yung technical part eh maganda (animation sa opening credits pa lang, oks na). Ngayon lang ako nakanood ng road movie na merong exorcism. At hindi ko nahulaan ang twist.”

3.5        Jo-Marie Bala (Cinephiles)

“Pretty good movie. The lead actor was excellent. I love the story. The transition between the present days and the flashbacks were very clever. The characters are pretty interesting (the one-arm detective, the girl with rare mental illness, etc.)… Hindi ko lang gusto ang pagka-edit ng movie. Masyado binilis ang umpisa at bandang gitna. Merong mga eksena na hindi masyadong swak sa kwento. At maraming eksena na pare-pareho ang location.”

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6 thoughts on “San Lazaro

  1. Hi! Gelo here, from Some Loose Change. I really like the idea behind this site and its pretty cool, but if I may point out a wee bit of a concern here?

    I see that for most of the posts you gather here, the movie reviews are gists, or the sweeping statements from the reviews. I feel that the snippet taken from my reivew doesn’t really encapsulate my views of the film. 🙂

    pasensya na, I like this movie too much to have that quote viewed as my opinion of the whole film. 😀

    Thanks much!
    -Gelo Clavano of Some Loose Change

    1. Hi, Gelo! Thanks for dropping by and thank you for pointing out that oversight. We usually try to pick snippets from the reviews that sort of encapsulate the author’s evaluation of the film. In the case of your review of San Lazaro, we must have glossed over reading the positive aspects in the beginning of your essay. I now changed the snippet, if you notice.

      Keep writing reviews!

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