"Pagpag: Nine Lives": Soulless Entertainment
For example, after attending a wake, don’t go straight home or you risk the spirit of the deceased following you back to your house. Also don’t wear red to a funeral, or allow your tears to fall on the dead.
In the movie, a group of young people violate the taboos. Predictably, they are terrorized by a vengeful spirit who looks like charred meat because he died in a fire. In a plot twist, it turns out the man died while he was on a killing spree to resurrect his dead son. To reach his quota of nine lives, he stalks and murders the teenagers one by one.
I’m a big fan of the region’s supernatural offerings. Thai horror movies—including “Shutter,” “Ladda Land” and “The Promise”—are in a class of their own, being well-made, creative and truly terrifying. I’ve also enjoyed Indonesian film producer Rocky Soraya’s “Doll” and “3rd Eye” series. Pagpag didn’t rise to those levels.
That being said, it still was entertaining, with hip stars who are easy on the eye.