Movie Review: Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington (2011)



Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington (Scare Remington to Death) is a film with an identity crisis: Is it a horror film? Is it a comedy? Is it a coming-of-age film? I was quite confused, to be honest.

Regardless of its genre, one clear thing is clear. The theme of the film is not a zombie apocalypse but a commentary on gays in Philippine society. The film just uses silliness, supernatural events, and sci-fi (did I mention that this film had an identity crisis?) to drive home the point that a person becoming gay should not be seen negatively.

Martin Escudero as Remington does his darned best to be convincing and funny as a straight guy metamorphosing into a homosexual man, but he is working against a material that doesn't seem to know where it wants to go. There are laugh-out-loud moments but they are sparse, and I mean very sparse.

I was really rooting for Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington to hit a comic homerun, but it ended up meandering and being out of focus like a mindless zombie. Set your expectations lower than normal.


Rating: 1.5/5


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