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Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Elias Paniki
The Enchanting World of Elias the Bat

Philippines 1989
produced by
Mel Pozon, Carlo J. Caparas (executive), Donna Villa (executive) for Golden Lion Films
directed by Carlo J. Caparas
starring Ramon Revilla, Maria Isabel Lopez, Ryan Redillas, Ruel Vernal, Bomber Moran, Tina Godinez, Brylle Mondejar, Vicky Suba, Danny Riel, Augusto Victa, Rocco Montalban, Joseph de Cordova, Ros Olgado, Naty Santiago, Marilyn Igno, Ernie David, Danny Labra, Susano Erang, Marix Luna, Adrianne Barredo, Gary 'Boy' Garcia, Amay Bisaya
written by Carlo J.Caparas, music by Demet Velasquez

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Elias Paniki (Ramon Revilla) always was a God-fearing citizen, he was good to everybody, loved his family who loved him back, and was best friends with the local priest ... and then his family got killed by monsters, upon which he broke with the church, went into exile to train himself in mystical arts, and most important of all he donned a headband with a magic bat amulet attached to it.

Eventually, Elias is called back to his hometown when it is overrun by vampires and the priest, his erstwhile best friend, is killed. Back home, Elias doesn't only fight vampires but also monsters and mystical pygmies, and even his now undead family attacks him. But Elias also finds love in Lucinda (Maria Isabel Lopez), a local girl who eventually catches a bad case of possession though. Ultimately, Elias is pitted against a demon overlord supposedly behind everything, and when he destroys him, which kills all the monsters and heals Lucinda of her possession, that should be it, right?

Unfortunately, that's not it because Lucinda's ex has become jealous that it was Elias and not him who saved her, and now he has her abducted by Satanists, led by Satan himself, and Elias has more than a few problems defeating those. Finally, with his dying breath, Satan then makes Elias' bat-amulet come to life, and the man-bat resulting from this almost kills Elias - but only almost, in the end, Elias is triumphant, and the man-bat has become his amulet again.

 

A silly little film filled up with a few too many horror clichées all brought to the screen on the cheap and cheesy - and somehow this is a good thing. Sure, the film as a whole may be called a bad movie, but it's of the so bad it's good-variety: It's way too blunt to be taken at all seriously, full of hilariously campy details (the bat amulet on Elias' headband alone is a hoot), its plot and narrative structure are less than thought through and and it invariably favours spectacle over logic. This all results in a highly enjoyable exotic brew. Sure, the film is enjoyable for all the wrong reasons, but enjoayble still.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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