Enjoyably awful meller has obvious affection for Filipino films of the past, invoked through stills, posters and offbeat characters. Helming is ham-fisted, but this adds to the fun — albeit a brand that won’t fit well with fest or arthouse views of Asian cinema.
Pic is adapted from a well-known 1970s play, although promo material blares that “Some episodes are based on real-life incidents, straight from the annals of gossip magazines!” Tale centers on a brawny stuntman (Mike Magat) who takes his child bride (Aya Medel) to a Manila cemetery where some movie veterans live, since their crypts are the only real estate they own. Topping these are old-timer Anita Linda, exerting authority despite the worst facelift this side of Sally Jesse Raphael. There’s also a creaky gay subplot. No-budget tech credits are hilarious, as when protag leaves his rain-drenched hut (of the title) for a pay phone next door, where sky is blue and birds are chirping. Highlight: Whenever the cemetery’s resident musical genius lifts a trumpet to his lips, Casio organ sounds rush out — and off-camera player doesn’t even avoid hitting chords.