By Nestor U. Torre
If American movies vamp on vampires, local TV-film productions counter with their fascination for aswangs. The latest TV series about aswang-hunters started telecasting last Jan. 4—“Juan dela Cruz,” topbilling Coco Martin as a young man whose mother fought the fiendish, evil monsters of Pinoy folk culture—until she was impregnated by the king of the aswangs himself (Albert Martinez)!
By Rito P. Asilo
Erik Matti’s “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles” benefits from its groundbreaking visual flair and knockabout humor more than its ability to scare. That’s not saying that the movie isn’t an effective chiller—in fact, the parallel reality Matti cogently brings to pulsating cinematic life reeks with a sinister sense of danger and the macabre, even as it pokes fun at the teleserye-like melodrama its protagonists, jobless city boy Makoy (Dingdong Dantes) and pregnant barrio lass Sonia (Lovi Poe), find themselves in.