Considering the standing of the palaspas in Philippine religious tradition and superstition, it has breached the boundaries of popular culture: A case in point is an episode in the first installment of Shake, Rattle and Roll, the longest-running horror movie franchise in the Philippines. The first movie was released by Athena Productions in 1984; it features three episodes entitled Baso, Pridyider, and Manananggal.
We will focus on the episode about the manananggal. In Philippine folklore, a manananggal refers to a vampire-like creature that can sever its upper torso and make huge bat-like wings appear on its back to fly into the night. (Perhaps, the need to be cut in half is motivated by the goal to fly light.) The manananggal then searches for a victim, with its lower torso is left standing.
|From rural maiden to manananggal|
|The manananggal's lower torso|
|Douglas putting salt into the manananggal's lower torso|
|Douglas holding a palaspas to fight the manananggal|