Last Night, me and my sisters watched “TIKTIK: The Aswang Chronicles”. The main reason why we decided to watch this movie is because this is something new in the Philippines. They say that the production just rented a huge warehouse and turned it to a green studio. All the scenes were taken in this studio. This movie is made of special effects which is somewhat amazing knowing that this is done here in the Philippines.
The movie stars Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe who are lovers in this movie. Dingdong is an easy go lucky guy here and doesn’t have any sense of responsibility. That is why when Lovi got pregnant she decided to go back to her province and left Dingdong. This is where the movie started when Dingdong was trying to win back Lovi by going after her in the province.
By trying to win her back, Dingdong tried to impress Lovi by buying her a pig for her birthday the following day. But what Dingdong didn’t know is that he bought a mysterious pig. You should watch out its transformation. Dingdong and Lovi were accompanied by great actors like Joey Marquez as Lovi’s Dad, Janice de Belen as Lovi’s mom, Roi Vinzon the Aswang leader, LJ Reyes as one of the aswangs, Ramon Bautista as Joey’s assistant.
I believe Joey Marquez and Janice de Belen stood out in this movie. They may not be the lead actors but their performances outshine Lovi and Dingdong’s. The best scene in the movie is when Janice was attacked by one of the aswangs and Joey was too scared to save here, instead he tried grabbing Janice but the aswang grabbed her back. Spolier: Janice died in the movie and her death made Joey went wild and did hilarious things (this is something to eatch out for). The attack of Erik Matti (director) in this movie really amazes me. Most horror movies are serious and full of fake scare but this movie is funny in a serious way. Horror+Comedy is the genre I could think for this movie. The movie also introduces Filipino beliefs about the Aswangs and how to fight them.
I have been watching Filipino movies and there were a lot of times when I got disappointed after watching the movies. It would take forever to list down all of those movies. But TIKTIK is something worth watching. For 135 pesos (SM Lanang) it’s all worth it. I can never ask for more. lol
Most Filipinos nowadays watch movies because of the Lead actors/actresses which should not be. The top grossing film of all time in the Philippines is a comedy movie and I find it boring and senseless. I really wonder why people watched it. I think publicity and too much hype about the movie made moviegoers curious and made them watched it.
Anyway, I heard that this film got invitations from different international award giving bodies. I hope this movie would be given the right recognition coz’ this is something we PINOYS should be proud of. Aside from the fact that this movie is about our culture and superstitious beliefs, the makers are 100% pinoy. Actors.. production.. editing… effects.. PINOY.. Galing!!
KUDOS to the producers, actors and the director – Erik Matti…
From me and my sisters… 2 thumbs up for this film!
Those who haven’t watched this movie, please watch it now. To help you decide, you may visit http://www.theaswangchronicles.com/ or watch the trailers: