pagpagVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.80 (10 ratings)

Genre: Horror

Director: Frasco Mortiz

Writers: Joel Mercado, Kren Yap

Cast: Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Paulo Avelino, Shaina Magdayao, Matet de Leon, Janus del Prado, Miles Ocampo, Clarence Delgado

Synopsis: A rebellious young teenager Cedric (Daniel Padilla) and a headstrong funeral arranger Leni (Kathryn Bernardo) make the mistake of violating a number of superstitions during a wake. They soon discover that these seemingly innocent desecrations come with grave consequences. One by one, each of their friends are killed off as Cedric and Leni race against time to make amends with the dead. (Rappler)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 105 mins.

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Reviews:

4.0         Jennifer Dugena (PEP)

“The film’s appropriately grim and glossy cinematography arouses fear it wants audiences to feel. It is difficult to look away from the screen not only because of the brooding atmosphere but also because of the charismatic presence of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.” (Read full review)

3.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“What’s particularly remarkable about Pagpag is Mortiz’s ability to juggle various tones without losing focus. The film whimsically skirts along the lines of horror, romance and straight-out comedy, but still manages to feel like part of a much larger whole.” (Read full review)

3.5         Joseph Garcia (Business World)

“The set and production design is well-executed, and in the scenes set in the mortuary and the rest of the small town are rich with detail. The dust, mess and gloom seem authentic and add grotesque detail to the story.” (Read full review)

3.5         Fred Hawson (Fred Said)

“I thought this was a very well-made horror flick, with above-average (by Philippine standards) ideas and special effects when it came to the gruesome death scenes and ghostly apparitions.” (Read full review)

3.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The editing, production design, and cinematography were really great. I love the colors palette used, and the crisp editing was put into good use in the death scenes.” (Read full review)

2.5         Dale Bacar (dalebacar.com)

“The result is a non-scary albeit funny film that was entertaining yet pretty disposable.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“There’s obvious skill on display in the film, but it’s all in service of a formula that hasn’t been compelling in years.” (Read full review)

2.0         Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay is a horror by numbers. It follows a no-frills template its predecessors had established. It forces gore into mystic tradition and, as an afterthought, builds a story to fit the theme. The result is a slightly different kind of the same: a wobbly horror flick that is more camp than thrilling.” (Read full review)

2.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“If you’re not a fan of their love team, you can very well skip this. Acting-wise, no one stands out here, but Shaina Magdayao manages to convey the kind of creepiness her role requires.” (Read full review)

2.0         Jerald Uy (jeralduy.com)

Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay, like the horror house that appeared in one of its scenes, sells and brings shock to its audience but falls short in telling a cohesive story. It exists only to provoke moviegoers to shriek or tuck themselves in their seats in disgust.” (Read full review)