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Monday, March 24, 2008


Kababalaghan (1969-70)- Stars Eva Marie, Renato Robles, Renato del Prado/ Directed by Ding M. De Jesus

Kampon ni Satanas (1970)- Stars Jimmy Morato, Eva Montes, Marion Douglas, Alex Froilan and Johnny Monteiro/ Directed by Mar B. Isidro

Hollywood’s Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976) probably defined the Pinoy horror movies of the 70s. It's more serious in its treatment and most likely provide the frightening and hair-raising experience that Pinoy viewers would want to feel and experience while watching. It was in this decade that some of the best in Pinoy horror genre were produced and shown. It was also in this period that Ms. Susan Roces romped away two consecutive Famas Best actress awards in 1977 and 1978 for Maligno and Gumising Ka Maruja, both considered classic. Another Susan's horror starrer Patayin mo sa Sindak si Barbara (1974) almost made it to the winner's roll and it could have been Susan's first acting trophy. Two of her other movies made in the 70s were also horror films --- Florinda (1973) and Langit, Lupa at Impiyerno (1976).

Come across this review at PinoyDVD, click link below---
"How does a Filipino horror film compete with
The Exorcist shown within the same year that had a cult followers and made an indelible terror mark in the minds of the moviegoers who saw it? The answer lies with great production values, skillful editing, top-notch performances of the entire cast, shock and scary value in Celso Ad Castillo's Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara. Susan Roces as Barbara gives a bravura performance, you just wish she dies instantly so that her agonies and pain will stop as Rosanna Ortiz continues to terrorize her but you wouldn't! Penned by Mike Relon Makiling, Ricardo Remias cinematography and Celso's direction made this film a memorable experience to watch if you are looking for good scare and eerie atmosphere. Ernani Cuenco's musical score has some annoying parts, but still haunts the whole movie. Max Jocson could have infuse more and toned down a bit. The scene where they were contacting the spirit of Rosanna Ortiz shot within the house with only a dim light on the background is enough to keep me awake, the piano sequence of Karen (Beth Manlongat) and the climactic showdown of Susan and Rosanna are one for the books. Castillo's visuals are one of a kind, the close up shots, camera's movements where it zooms in and out, the flying objects, the mirrors and of course the jolt are all unforgettable. We all need a good scare once in a while."
See link

Hiwaga ng Lagim (1970)- Stars Dante Varona
and Rosanna Ortiz/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz

Signos Trece (1971)- Stars Dindo Fernando,
Cesar Ramirez and Mildred Ortega/
Directed by Felix Villar

Naku Poooo! (1971)- Stars Chiquito, Eva Darren, Nympha Bonifacio, Tintoy/ Directed by A.V.P.

Beast of the Yellow Night! (1972)- Stars John Ashley, Eddie Garcia, Mary Wilcox, Vic Diaz and Leopoldo Salcedo/ Directed by Eddie Romero

Halik ng Vampira (1972)- Stars Vic Vargas, Eddie Garcia, Alona Alegre, Zandro Zamora/ Directed by Jose Flores Sibal

Anak ng Aswang (1973)- Stars Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Gloria Romero, Daisy Romualdez, Rosanna Marquez/ Directed be Romy Suzara

Tanikalang Dugo (1973)- Stars Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa, Pinky de Leon/ Directed by Augusto Buenaventura

Drakula Goes to R.P. (1973)- Stars Dolphy, Pugo, Maritess Revilla, Panchito, Marissa Delgado, Rod Navarro/ Directed by Tony Cayado

Florinda (1973)- Stars Susan Roces, Dante Rivero, Rosemarie Gil, Ramil Rodriguez/ Directed by Armando Herrera

Daigdig ng Sindak at Lagim (1974)- Stars Miss Rita Gomez, George Estregan, Liza Lorena, Ronaldo Valdez, Gina Pareno and Celia Rodriguez

Kamay na Gumagapang (1974)- Stars Vilma Santos, Rosemarie Gil, Romeo Miranda, Alicia Alonzo, Dick Israel/ Directed by Tony Cayado

The Devil's Daughter (1974)- Stars Pinky, Eddie Garcia, Marissa Delgado, Pepito Rodriguez, Alicia Alonzo

Ulong Pugot...Naglalagot (1974)- Stars Chiquito, Eva Reyes, Max Alvarado, Pugak/ Directed by F.H. Constantino

Kung Bakit Dugo ang Kulay ng Gabi (1974)- Stars Miss Rita Gomez, George Estregan, Liza Lorena, Ronaldo Valdez and Celia Rodriguez/ Directed by Celso Ad Castillo

Patayin mo sa Sindak si Barbara (1974)- Stars Susan Roces, Dante Rivero and Rosanna Roces/ Directed by Celso Ad Castillo

Sumigaw ka Hanggang Gusto Mo! (1974)- Stars Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa, Rosemarie, George Estregan, Celia Rodriguez, Ernie Garcia/ Directed bt Nilo Saez

At Lumaganap ang Lagim (1975)- Stars Ricky Belmonte, Rosemarie, Eva Reyes, Eddie Garcia, Rosemarie Gil, Romy Diaz and George Estregan/ Directed bt Armando A. Herrera

Pagsapit ng Dilim (1975)- Stars Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa, Perla Bautista and Gina Pareno/ Directed by Felix Villar

Langit, Lupa at Impiyerno (1976)- Stars Susan Roces, Rosanna Ortiz, Loretta Marquez and Ronaldo Valdez/ Directed by Teddy Yip and Noli Villar

Maligno (1977)- Stars Susan Roces, Dante Rivero, Celia Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia/ Directed by Celso Ad Castillo

Gumising Ka...Maruja (1978)- Stars Susan Roces, Phillip Salvador, Mario O'Hara and Laurice Guillen/ Directed by Lino Brocka


Unknown said...

Thanks for featuring pinoy horror films from the 70's. I saw PAGSAPIT NG DILIM, LANGIT LUPA AT IMPIYERNO on channel 13 back when Cinema One doesn't exist. PATAYIN MO SA SINDAK SI BARBARA remains one of my personal favorite. KARUNUNGANG ITIM with the late Ramon Zamora is another worthy to revisit.

TheCoolCanadian said...
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TheCoolCanadian said...

Ouch! I accidentally clicked delete.

But this is what I posted.

I've seen most of these films and what stood out for me was Lino Brocka's GUMISING KA, MARUJA.

This feature was indeed very scary (for an adolescent, anyway), excellent production value, extremely good acting, and the period piece in Flashbacks where Philip Salvador was rambling in Spanish which I understood being a Spanish-speaking child. The hate on his face and the familiarity of the Spanish language hit me straight in the heart and I left the theater with palpitations.

It would be nice to revisit this film and find for myself how it will affect me this time as a 47 year old tatang :)

Ah... the 70s Tagalog movies were priceless. Too bad they deteriorated after that decade.

Rolan V. said...

OMG! i love 70's graphical posters!

graphic design/print maker

Unknown said...

sir can I ask for high res scans of some of the posters on this post. the art is superb!!!

Cardinal Richelieu said...

Does anyone know if these films still exist? Among my favorites
are Daigdig Ng Sindak At Lagim,
Devil's Daughter, Kung Bakit Dugo
Ang Kulay Ng Gabi, At Lumaganap
Ang Lagim, Halik Ng Vampira.

elbistrabolta.jr said...

hello all, how can i download these movies or watch em . thanks!

Alfie said...

Hello Video 48. I just want to ask if you have a copy patayin mo sa sindak si barbara 1974 and 1995, and also vampira starring maricel soriano. If you have a video store please tell me your video store location/address. Thanks and more power.

Video 48 said...

HI Alfie! Email me at simon.santos48@gmail.com so I can give you the details. Thanks!

evermoon said...

Hi! Used your poster of Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara on my blog, citing your website with a link to it. Hope that's ok. Here's the link to my entry on the film: http://film-otaku.blogspot.com/2011/10/pinoy-film-focus-patayin-mo-sa-sindak.html


Anonymous said...

Ciao Video 48,
Im looking for some information about this Castillo's movie: Kung bakit dugo ang kulay ng gabi (1973), for my book.
How much it last ?
Is in Color or in B/W ?
What is the plot ?
Do you know is there are other zombie movies in Philippines filmography ?

Please be so kind to answer me at: fitzsimon@inwind.it
Thank you :)

Alfie said...

after waiting for a long time, napanood ko din ang patayin mo sa sindak susan version :) thanks video 48, i hope magkaroon din kayo ng copy not the cinema one bootleg para uncut :)). pls keep us updated. more power :))

Starbucks702 said...

Hello Video 48,

Saan ba ako makakahanap ng copy ng movie na KARUNUNGANG ITIM " ni Ramon Zamora?...

Paki- check please....

thank u

Anonymous said...

yah me too.... been looking for karunungang itim copy....thanks

Anonymous said...

Hello Wayne. I got curious when I read your statement about Ms, Celia Rodriguez' passing. She is still alive and very much active. The last time I saw her acting was in the series "-Ang dalawang Mrs.Real". Pls.check details about her and correct me if I'm wrong. Have a nice day

Video 48 said...

Anonymous, I just deleted all entries on Celia Rodriguez's passing...Ms. Rodriguez is very much alive and she just attended the film screening of "Lilet" at CCP a few months ago... Thanks!

Unknown said...

please add ang Movie Karunungang Itim 1976 ,Leopoldo Salcedo


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