San Lazaro (2011) Quick Review

San Lazaro Movie Poster

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Genre:  Comedy/Horror

Plot:  A man journeys with his estranged friend to the town of San Lazaro to ask a faith-healer for help in saving the life of his brother, who is possessed by an evil spirit.

Overview:

Now here’s one that I’m certain not many of you have seen or even heard of.  San Lazaro is a Filipino comedy/horror directed by Wincy Aquino Ong.  In this “buddy” movie,  we get to know the two main characters through a series of flashbacks as they travel to meet with a faith healer.

What we liked:

  • Features a more complex, and ambitious storyline than you usually see in this genre.
  • Strong performances from the lead characters played by Ramon Bautista and the director, Wincy Aquino Ong.
  • Has a great twist ending that will take you by surprise.

san lazaro screen

What we didn’t like:

  • This movie isn’t quite sure what it’s trying to be.  Its strange comedic fight scenes seem out of place, even though the film is listed as a comedy.

Conclusion:

San Lazaro won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, as it’s a bit disjointed and pretty offbeat.  Also, the demons in this movie are more figurative than literal and there isn’t a lot of gore.  However, there are genuine laughs, suspense, scares and plenty of originality to be found here.   Recommended.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

San Lazaro can be purchased on DVD with English subtitles from sites such as Amazon.com .

 

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