I’ve always been fascinated by zombie-themed movies. Fascinated by all the blood-splattering deaths, the kind of scare it gives, the post-apocalyptic feel and all that indicates nothing but total zombie apocalypse. That doesn’t mean I’m a sadist by the way. Its just that I find watching zombie movies funner than watching other lame horror movies. It feels so exciting! You remember Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland? Yeah, like that’s hell of FUN! In fact, I wanna star in a zombie film but I certainly don’t want to be the first person to die. Haha!
They might be mindless, putrid and flesh-eating zombies but what do you know? Rifles are readily available in zombie films, they sprung up like mushrooms and appear when you needed them the most. But those are not the reasons why I wanted to watch the Filipino movie Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington (ZomGays 1: Scare Remington to Death!) or literally Gay Zombies 1: Kill Remington with Fear!
In a way, the zombies themselves might probably be the reason why. I was warned though, that Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington isn’t really about any Zombie outbreak or any of what I’ve mentioned above. They just happen to be there for some reason I have yet to find out. But the movie itself is a comedy. A fantasy comedy about a boy who was cursed of being gay by an evil witch. And just when he started transforming into a full fledge fag, serial killings of gay beauticians began to plague their little town. And that’s precisely why Remington, along with his friends, needed to stop the curse or be the next queer to die.
The title sounds quite tacky when translated but in Filipino Slang the movie title sounds catchy for it parodies the title of the classic horror film “Patayin Sa Sindak si Barbara”. The movie is creating buzzes already. Bloggers, movie critics, journalists and the public who attended Cinemalaya 2011 were zombading-ized that within a few hours they started raving for the film. And after reading one review I don’t want read another again for it might burgeon my expectations or worse, spoil me.
Even though I wasn’t contaminated by the Zomba-virus yet, I could really feel there’s a need for me to get contaminated. Otherwise, I’d be one of those naysayers who always proclaims the Filipino cinema is dead! I dare say no because of Zombadings 1. I dare say NO because it’s coming back with the UNDEAD! I dare say no because this movie, along with other emerging indie films, would bring back what was once graced by the Filipino populace – The Proud Philippine Cinema. Even though Filipino films are being frowned upon these days especially with the intervention of Hollywood movies – it’s a good thing that our film outfits are embracing something NEW. Embracing genres with exciting twists and full of enthusiasm!
That’s just why I wanted to watch Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington – for it promises to offer an avant-garde story!
Well there are other factors too! You cannot underestimate this film just because it’s an indie film. It also boasts a powerhouse cast of young mainstream and veteran actors like Mart Escudero, Kerbie Zamora, Lauren Young, Janice De Belen, Odette Khan, John Regala, Roderick Paulate and Ms. Eugene Domingo. Marian Rivera is also said to appear in the movie as an Albularyo. I wonder if she will reprise her role as “Nieves”, but that would look quite vague since Mart Escudero played Celso in Nieves on Shake Rattle and Roll X.
Another thing, Zombadings is Asia’s first gay zombie movie. That’s why asian horror movie fans should be waiting for any international or dvd release of this horror comedy! 🙂
So are you going to watch Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington?
Well, I am lucky enough to have been invited to watch a media pre-screening of Zombadings this coming Aug. 22 here in Davao. For I can NO longer wait for Aug. 31. lol