Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.78  (16 ratings)

Genre: Horror

Director: Richard Somes

Writer: Aloy Adlawan

Cast: Zanjoe Marudo, Maricar Reyes, Bugoy Cariño, Celia Rodriguez, Ervic Vijandre

Synopsis:  Tamawo tells the story of Bigbo (Bugoy Carino) who’s just moved out to the provinces with his blind mother (Maricar Reyes) and his abusive stepfather (Zanjoe Marudo). They soon encounter a group of monsters that are after something that’s been stolen from them. (From Click the City)

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Reviews:

3.0          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“Irresistibly pretty at times, with sequences that are intelligently shot and directed, the episode shows a master craftsman at work.” (Read full review)

3.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It’s a terrible script, but strong filmmaking creates the illusion of dramatic escalation and suspense. Great production design combines with smart location shooting to at least give the segment a sense of scale.” (Read full review)

3.0          Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“Richard Somes certainly knows a thing or two about creature design because the tamawo, with their strange light eyes and dishevelled white hair (hurrah for the proper use of wigs) look scary enough—especially for the kids, who will surely identify with the courageous young hero in this family-oriented episode.” (Read full review)

3.0          Dodo Dayao (Lagarista)

“Richard Somes is really the one with the most vivid auteurist imprint, if only because it’s more immediate and apparent by dint of being largely visual. His Tamawo is anorexic, falters in the telling, and takes its time to finish, but there’s an energy unique to him at work here, a feral, pulpy vigor.” (Read full review)

3.0          Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Bugoy is charming and lovable. He’s also a good actor and we won’t be surprised if he’d win the filmfest best child actor award for his performance here.” (Read full review)

3.0          Allan Diones (Abante Tonite)

“Okey naman si Maricar, pero mas nangibabaw ang natural na akting ni Zanjoe bilang mabagsik at barumbadong mister.” (Read full review; Warning: Contains spoilers)

3.0          Ihcahieh

“It is good that the producers tapped our culture’s rich mythology relating to supernatural creatures. However, there is something about them that prevents the story from being creepy.” (Read full review)

2.5          Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The production design of this segment/film is top notch.  The locations are pretty.  The acting, though good, went overboard at times.” (Read full review)

2.0          Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

“The point about the destruction of the environment would be more persuasive if the Tamawo had some kind of culture we could see. It looks like they live in a hole in the ground and spend all their time teasing their hair.” (Read full review)

Comments:

4.0          Redundante Mendoza (Cinephiles)

“Sa tatlo eto ang pinakapasok ang lahat ng elemento. Editing lang sa last act, medyo konting hagod pa. Sing-song lang si Maricar pero gusto ko nang mahusayan sa kanya.”

3.0          Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“Fan ako n’ung mga horror films na nagiging internal (wala sa mga monster o ‘yung mga expected na manakot) ang terror. May pakonti-konting tili from the audience. Oks din ‘yung CGI n’ya. Na-turn off lang ako sa pagbabad d’un sa melodrama. At some point, parang co-directed by Rory Quintos.”

3.0           Kayo Jolongbayan (Cinephiles)

“The first and second act are boring but the third act is quite exciting and scary. It became too melodramatic towards the end, though. Acting’s very good.”

2.0           Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“This was the weakest of the three. Feels like I have seen the story before and the creature as well. Parang cross breed ng Undin at Halimaw sa Banga. (story din ng undin) and Zanjoe’s acting didn’t help it either. Maricar has the potential to become a great actress, but not there yet.”

1.0            Json Javier (Cinephiles)

“Poorly-executed short that shifted from horror story to domestic violence drama to all-out tearjerker. Zanjoe Marudo and Maricar Reyes give the worst performances of their careers. It’s just one big, boring mess.”