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Nov 6, 2014
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You're probably wondering: "FHM, di ba last week pa ang Halloween? Bakit nagpi-feature pa kayo ng Halloween specials?"

It's because—Halloween or otherwise—Magandang Gabi Bayan 's "Undas Specials" are a part of the Batang '90s life. Every undas, kids would tune in to Kabayan Noli de Castro's one-of-a-kind vocal intonation and listen to local tales of kapre, white ladies, possessions, aswang, buhay na estatwa, floating coffins, and flying heads. It was the stuff of nightmares, and we loved it.

From the standard current affair stories that the program tackled, MGB, for at least a day every year, turned into a campy, creepy spookfest that made it a little harder to sleep for kids with hyperactive imaginations.

Just why were these specials so creepy? We list down a few reasons along with a few videos currently on YouTube!


1)   You were already feeling a little bit creeped out to begin with

During this time of the year, you knew that souls were meandering about, stretching out their non-existent body from a year-long stay in the grave. You knew that ghosts were more powerful this time of the year—at least if you believed your lola's stories.

Being a kid, you did, of course. And Magandang Gabi Bayan preyed on that weakness to awaken your latent fears with their own in-depth and real-sounding ghost stories.

The "White Lady Of Loakan Road" in Baguio is one such example. You already knew about white ladies, but MGB fleshed out the story to an extent that got you creeped out.


Video via Henyo Horror


2)   The spooky scoring set the atmosphere

The MGB specials used standard-issue horror movie music that we now classify as campy more than anything. But for a '90s kid? It was legitimately hair-raising. From ghostly moaning sounds to banshee-like screams and ominous harmonies, the show spared no expense in giving your eardrums a fright. The sound got us into a scare-ready mood much like the campfire did to those kids from that old TV show, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

In the Erwin Tulfo-hosted special below, the soundtrack (and Erwin's spooky intonation) made you feel like something's going to pull your leg as you watched:


Video via Myk Cabrera


NEXT: The show's B-movie style production had us creeped out


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