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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 14, 2020


director yam laranas and NIGHT SHIFT star yam concepcion

DIRECTOR YAM LARANAS is best known for horror flicks like “Sigaw”, “Patient X”, “The Road”, “Aurora”. He now comes up with his latest scary thriller, “Night Shift”, starring Yam Concepcion, opening in theaters on January 22. 

It’s about a morgue assistant who gets trapped inside the hospital morgue on a rainy night, played by Yam Concepcion, and she starts noticing that the supposedly dead people around her are starting to move.

“The movie ‘Night Shift’ is inspired by an article I read made by a doctor in New York named Dr. Sam Parnia who’s with the New York University Medical Center and who conducted a research among dead people,” says DIrek Yam.

“Ayon sa research niya, yung mga bagong patay sa morgue, kahit non-functioning na ang vital organs nila, they may not yet be considered as technically dead dahil may brain activity pa sa kanila. Kaya nagkakaroon ng instances where you see dead people twitching or moving.

“And when these people are successfully revived, doon nila sinasabing nakita nila yung light at the end of the tunnel and they had an out-of-body experience. I contacted Dr. Parnia and got his approval to use his research in the story of ‘Night Shift’, which is medical horror about death and dying.

“Ang premise nito, si Yam Concepcion as Jessie is the assistant of a pathologist sa morgue ng isang hospital. Then one rainy night na naiwan siyang mag-isa, she notices them moving. So, what if hindi pa pala technically dead or talagang patay yung mga tao sa morgue?”

They shot the entire film on a set they specially built on an old wing of the Veterans Hospital on North Avenue. “Unang-una, wala namang totoong morgue na papayagan kaming mag-shoot sa lugar nila,” he says.

“Also, it would be very scary and uncomfortable for Yam if we’d shoot it in a real morgue. E, ito, movie set talaga, so kalkulado namin pati mga blockings and movements ng camera in each take.”

He adds that they story’s location is very important in a horror movie.

“In ‘Night Shift’, the morgue becomes another character in the film. It is where fear and paranoia are created as it becomes relatable to the viewers and you can translate it into something terrifying, playing on people’s fears and nightmares.

"They will surely sympathize with Yam Concepcion’s situation and what she goes through in the course of the movie dahil napakagaling din ni Yam dito as the frightened heroine and she shows us her great acting prowess in the horror genre.”