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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.
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.
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.
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 .