Disquieting Horror : The Sinister Filipino Cinema of Yam Laranis or Films to be on the lookout for on Netflix, Tubi, Amazon!

International Poster for SigawTHE ECHO/SIGAW (2004)– Great cinematography, strong acting and script, and a very subtle horror.-IMDB

This one is available to Amazon Prime members.


ECHO(2008) – The Director remakes his 2004 film for US Audiences. Generally regarded as a good remake.

This one is streaming if you have SHUDDER. Or just pick up the DVD for a few dollars.


The Road (2011)THE ROAD(2011) – The trailer for this film was my introduction to the films of Yam Laranis. The trailer was then, and remains now one of the most genuinely creepy trailers I have seen. The movie unfortunately fails to live up to the trailer, is overlong and meanders to a conclusion, but that trailer. WoW!

Arguably his most well known film, this one is not available on streaming. But there is a DVD available here!


ABOMINATION (2018) – Which I, and seemingly very few people have seen, is getting good reviews from the few out there. an eerie mystery thriller that i’m looking forward to checking out.

This one is available to view for AMAZON PRIME members.


Anne Curtis in Aurora (2018)AURORA (2018) – Laranis’  2nd film of 2018, is in my least favorite genre, the zombie flick, but from the trailer… does it with a unique eeriness more akin to THE ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE. Another one on my watch list.

This one is available on NETFLIX.


With each film Yam Laranis becomes an ever more effective storyteller, with a new film in production for a 2020 release.

Yam Concepcion in Nightshift (2019)


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CITIZEN GANGSTER- is one of those trailers, like SAMARITAN that gives away too much of the film. Once you’ve seen the trailer there’s really no reason to see the film.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN- Saw the latest trailer, shows all kinds of stuff and still not remotely interested. The actor playing Peter Parker doesn’t interest me, none of the actors seem to have any personality, and the trailer is just… there.

FIRST WINTER- is a far better trailer, in that it gives you enough of the premise for you to be intrigued, but not so much that it lays bear the film’s secrets. A film that seemingly takes place in the wake of an apocalyptic situation and is about how a group of off the grid types in an artist colony/commune deals… in the face of truly being off the grid. Understated trailer has me interested. View here!

THE ROAD- Yam Laranas’ THE ROAD has me really intrigued. The trailer is very creepy and enthralling and mysterious, which are all good things. This doesn’t look to be a simple slasher flick. This one goes on my have to see list.View the trailer here!

GET THE GRINGO- Unlike many, I have no problem with Mel Gibson. I think he has proven himself to be a fine director and fine actor in the past, and whatever personal issues he has I’m content to keep it his personal business and none of mine.

My reason being as long as he doesn’t go out of his way to make his personal issues public, ala Michael Richards, I’m not really concerned. We all have our bad days and bad moments, moments that should belong to us and the people involved… not necessarily the world. So yeah I have no issues with Mel Gibson, so looking at GET THE GRINGO as just a film I have to say; there’s nothing of real interest in the whole trailer, except Mel Gibson and he just looks sad and tired throughout.

I think he’s trying to pick pseudo comedic films to get back in the graces of the audience, but his choices (BEAVER before GET THE GRINGO) have the problem of being a little too creepy and perhaps a little too sad and forced, and GET THE GRINGO seems to feel (from the trailer) like that. Busy and forced and sad.

I don’t dislike the trailer, it’s just nothing in it that motivates me to go out and see it or even rent it. I think Mel Gibson would be better, rather than starring in these films to attempt to ingratiate himself to the audience, embracing instead (to some extent) the tirades against him.

I could see MEL GIBSON playing a villain, an arched megalomaniac villain. Bondian villain, and that working to put him back as an actor. He needs a film and a role that won’t scream Mel Gibson first, and GET GRINGO doesn’t seem to be that film.

SWEENEY- I won’t waste words. Trailer did nothing for me.

SOUL MAN- The trailer for Guillaume Ivernel’s feature film SOUL MAN looks… AWESOME!!! Wonderful computer animated imagery. With dazzling camera scenes, and a kick ass protagonist. Not sure yet why the film is called SOUL MAN when the protagonist is a Soul Woman :), but that aside a fantastic trailer and definitely looking forward to it.

Come back next time for more trailer talk, and feel free to suggest your own favorite trailers. And you can view any trailers I haven’t posted links for… here.