While Hollywood is busy with dead men walking, sparkly blood-suckers and gorgeous man-wolves, the Philippines is also busy building up our own brand. Considered to be the first feature-length Filipino movie shot entirely on chroma wall, TIKTIK: The Aswang Chronicles, could be the beginning of an innovation in Philippine cinema. It also features a very distinct and new approach in filmmaking.
A group of people found themselves being targeted by the creatures of the dark. Some may found beauty in slaughtering human anatomy as it is executed in a very surreal way.
TIKTIK: The Aswang Chronicles is the first feature-length Filipino movie entirely shot on green screen. Only the houses and vehicles are real. All the backgrounds, including trees, mountains and creatures were laboriously and painstakingly realized using the latest computer technology. It honors the genre’s traditions without taking itself too seriously as it combines honest-to-goodness scares with irreverent Pinoy wit and humor.
Its comic book has been launched last May 26, 2012 during SummerKon that coincides the movie as part of the promotion and has been a project of director Erik Matti and DonDon Monteverde since December 2010.
“Aswang” is a generic term applied to all types of witches, vampires, manananggals, shapeshifters, therianthropes and monsters. The original definition is an eater of the dead, also called the bal-bal (maninilong in Catanauan, Quezon), which replaces the cadaver with banana trunks after consumption. Aswang stories and definitions vary greatly from region to region and person to person, and no particular set of characteristics can be ascribed to the term. However, the term is mostly used interchangeably with manananggal and are said to be female in gender.
An Aswang is a mythical creature in Filipino folklore. The aswang is an inherently evil vampire-like creature and is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories. Spanish colonists noted that the Aswang was the most feared among the mythical creatures of the Philippines, even in the 16th century.
The myth of the aswang is well known throughout the Philippines, except in the Ilocos region, which is the only region that does not have an equivalent myth. It is especially popular in the Western Visayan regions such as Capiz, Iloilo, Bohol, Masbate, Aklan, Antique. Other regional names for the aswang include “tik-tik”, “wak-wak” and “soc-soc”.
Directed by Erik Matti, the movie stars Dingdong Dantes, Joey Marquez, Janice de Belen, Lovi Poe, Ramon Bautista, Roi Vinzon, LJ Reyes, Mike Gayoso and Rina Reyes. Produced by Regal Entertainment, Agosto Dos, and GMA Films and opens in theaters nationwide on October 2012.