TiktiK The Aswang Chronicles: Movie Review
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RATATAT! Palabas na mamaya ang Tiktik The Aswang Chronicles!
GMA Films exec sa Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles: ‘This will be a ground breaking movie for Philippine cinema’
MAC MACAPENDEG, GMA NEWS October 16, 2012 4:25pm
aging matagumpay ang premiere night ng pinakamalaki at inaabangang horror movie ng taon na Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles na pinagbibidahan nina Dingdong Dantes at Lovi Poe.
Dumating at rumampa sa red carpet sa premiere night nitong Lunes ng gabi sa SM Megamall ang mga star ng Tiktik na sina Dingdong, Lovi, LJ Reyes, Joey Marquez, Janice de Belen, Ramon Bautista at marami pang iba.
Agaw pansin din ang nakakakilabot na set design sa premier showing kung saan naglagay ng mga tao na naka-costume na aswang.
Sinurpresa rin ng Kapuso Primetime Queen na si Marian Rivera ang nobyong si Dingdong nang dumating ito sa premiere night para magbigay ng suporta sa naturang pelikula.
The Joy of the Macabre
by Philbert Ortiz Dy
posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Movie Reviews
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles is a lot of fun. That may be the best way to describe it. The conversation about this movie has largely been dominated by how it’s all shot in front of a green screen and how it uses a lot of special effects. But that’s not what the appeal of this movie really is. The beating heart of the movie is director Erik Matti and his twisted and macabre sense of humor. The film goes to dark, violent places and asks people to laugh along. It is a genuinely unique vision that people really ought to see.
Makoy (Dingdong Dantes) arrives in the provincial village of Pulupandan to win back the heart of his pregnant girlfriend Sonia (Lovi Poe). He immediately finds himself rebuffed by Sonia and her mother Fely (Janice de Belen). Makoy sticks around, however, and plans a surprise birthday party for Sonia with her father (Joey Marquez). Makoy’s arrogant ways earn him the ire of a family of pig farmers. Unfortunately for the young man, this is a family with a secret: they are all aswang. And when the younger members of the clan hear about his pregnant girlfriend, they make a plan to sneak into the house to eat the fetus. It isn’t long before angry monsters come knocking at their door, and it’s up to Makoy to protect his love.
The film revels in blood and guts and all the other things that really shouldn’t be outside a body. And it does quite creatively. Where else might one see intestines twirled around a giant wooden fork like spaghetti? The film manages to be uniquely Filipino about its violence, tying all of it to a larger culture of familial bonds and shared superstition. The film does it all with tongue firmly in cheek, a streak of cultural satire running through the seemingly endless mayhem. And it still manages to tell a pretty decent story, with characters that feel distinctly familiar, living in a house environment that feels oddly true.
The film isn’t really just about aswang. Its real bite lies in its characters, like the swaggering Manileńo protagonist who thinks he can always get his way, or the neighborhood storekeeper who takes some joy in the failure of her neighbors. Embedded in the overt violence is Matti’s distinct sense of humor. The production isn’t as tight as it could be, however. It can be hard to follow the action sequences at times, the film clearly straining under the weight of all the special effects. The CG monsters are okay, but not particularly impressive. The sound mix is weirdly unbalanced as well. Still, considering the scale of the production, it all came out well enough.
Dingdong Dantes is really exceptional in roles that call for more of an edge. He excels at being standoffish, at having more confidence than a human should reasonably possess. The film makes great use of Dantes’ particular talents, and it makes for a very enjoyable performance. Lovi Poe doesn’t stand out as much in this picture, but she does a fine job overall. Janice de Belen and Joey Marquez are dynamite in the picture, with Marquez in particular stealing the entire movie in one hilariously twisted scene. This is a great cast overall, and they all seem to having fun through all of it.
I feel that it is my responsibility to note that while Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles is rated PG, it is extremely violent. Far more violent than films given harsher ratings. Parents that don’t want their children exposed to eviscerations, beheadings, and general dismemberment should be warned. That said, if you have a taste for the macabre, this film really delivers. Though the production is a little frayed around the edge, those flaws do little to detract from the overall dark, violent fun that the film provides.
4.5 stars out of 5
Is ‘Tiktik’ our ticket?
Landmark Pinoy Horror Film Guns For Asian Market
By JOJO P. PANALIGAN
October 16, 2012, 12:43pm
MANILA, Philippines—Don’t look now but “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles” that’s shot entirely in green screen like Hollywood film “300” could do for the Philippines what “The Ring” did for Japan more than a decade ago, with countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore inquiring about the Erik Matti-helmed film long before it hits local theaters.
With post-production time pegged at more than a year, at a cost of at least P80 million, it seems that the film is designed to compete in the global market. “Tiktik” producers even got the services of production designer Peter Collias (“The Matrix,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Ghost Rider”) to create “strange and wonderful backdrops” while ensuring that the modeling, texturing and animating of the creatures are still familiar to Juan de la Cruz.
“We wanted a different take on the aswang designs and stay away from what has been done before especially in Western movies but we don’t want our creatures to look like werewolves or vampires,” said visual effects director Dave Yu.
And, really, it’s kinda funny: While the Koreans and Japanese have moved on from selling their superstition to hawking technology and the polish of their products, here we are trying to steal through the backdoor with our tikbalangs, aswangs and manananggals that all have distinct, diabolic charm of their own. And it just might work---just leave the light on if it gets too scary, bud.
Filipinos who want them foreign when it comes to their viewing pleasure can relate to “Tiktik.” A siege film, it is said to be about “a group of people with their own dynamics, trapped in one setting with the danger constantly hounding them outside of that setting.”
Sounds cerebral? This won’t be too nosebleed, promise: Dingdong Dantes plays Makoy, a devil-may-care guy who finds himself trapped in a situation that no person in his right mind would wish upon himself. When he comes to the province to reconcile with his estranged girlfriend Sonia (played by Lovi Poe), who is heavy with their firstborn, Dingdong’s character must device a way to keep his loved ones from safe and alive from an army of aswangs.
Indeed, as “Tiktik” producer Dondon Monteverde pointed out, it’s not all about the effects. There’s a story here that, yes, we all might have seen before, but, perhaps with this one on Oct. 17 when it opens, we can actually tell ourselves that we ain’t seen nothing yet.
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles—Gruesome, Sexy Fun!
WORDS BY ANTON D. UMALI
October 16, 2012 | 1564 views
“Ang Pelikulang May Puso, Atay, Bituka, at Iba Pang Lamang Loob...” goes the tagline of direk Erik Matti’s new horror action comedy Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles. And just like it’s catchy tagline, the film promises all that and more, without having to take itself too seriously. The first Filipino film to be totally shot with green screen technology–meaning everything was shot in a warehouse studio with green screens and the backgrounds were filled in post–it is an ultra-modern step in the right direction for local mainstream cinema.
Macoy (Ding Dong Dantes) is a stubborn Manileńo who goes to the province in order to win back his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sonia (Lovi Poe). While there, he pisses off a band of local gypsies that turn out to be a den of fetus-hungry aswangs. Together with Sonia’s parents, Nestor (Joey Marquez) and Fely (Janice de Belen), and their trusty katiwala, Bart (Ramon Bautista), they must survive the night by protecting themselves and the unborn child from the ravenous tiktiks, led by Roy Vinzon, with stunning former FHM cover girl LJ Reyes (who is looking mighty fine) at his evil side.
The secret to the film’s success lies in the fact that it allows the audience to laugh with it instead of at it. Aswangs being a part of Filipino folklore has made the creature a veritable subject matter to explore and exploit in movies. Many have tried their hand at it; and the ones who’ve angled their stories for a more serious, oft-love-theme-centric tone got most of the laughs for all the wrong reasons.
But Direk Matti together with partner Dondon Monteverde and outfits such as Reality Entertainment, Mothership, and PostManila were triumphant at seamlessly juxtaposing the plot’s old-school sensibilities with contemporary tricks and treats. Audiences are already familiar with the concept of salt, garlic, and the infamous buntot pagi for warding off winged wicked creatures of the night because these are all recognizable from childhood tales annoying titas or creepy yayas have dispensed during the formative years. And with the help of multiple split-screens to add tension and lush CG landscapes, Matti paints a simultaneously picturesque and grotesque action flick that doesn’t shy away from the gore. Because let’s face it, the abundance of blood and guts are just as salacious even if you aren’t some roof-hopping aswang.
Marquez and de Belen play the part of the bumbling, annoying parents with tenacity, showing their much younger cast mates the benefits of experience. Dantes is effective as the unfailing protagonist; you’ll root for him because no one else in the film is worth rooting for. FHM cover girl Lovi Poe does her best not-so-distressed damsel with great dusky appeal. While LJ Reyes portrays a spine-chilling baby-grubber that belies her sweet exterior–but we'd like to say that we wouldn’t mind being ravaged by her character Hilda.
If you’re expecting a conventional horror movie that will scare you by altering mood or copping out by taking the all-too-predictable gulat sequence, this isn’t it. Tiktik is fun and fresh, adapting more Grindhouse methods, like excessive violence, to boost the level of entertainment. And if you aren’t laughing your way out of the cinema, or touched by its awareness of the Pinoy penchant for emotion, you’ll probably be raging to maim, mutilate, and whip some aswang ***. Oh, just so you know, if you find yourself wanting to kill off some monsters, we're selling our buntot pagi for P500!
Finally, a review by Philbert Dy na hindi linait-lait ang film na co-prod ng GMA. He gave the movie 4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars. Nakatikim din ang GMA Films ng 4 1/2 stars. Good job Dingdong, pati ang acting mo gumaling according to the reviewer! Congrats Tiktik and I really hope you hit over 100 million soon!
congrats sa Tiktik
sana tuloy tuloy ang lakas sa takilya at umabot din ng 300M
Super lakas Ang #TiktikTheAswangChronicles sa takilya. Maraming salamat SA lahat ng sumuporta. Super happy Si @lovipoe
It is official!! We are number one in glorietta. Thank you ayala cinemas. #TiktikTheAswangChronicles
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an above-average review - 3.5/5 stars
Pero yeah, refreshing to see 2 back-to-back major local films getting at least 4 stars from Philbert.
I plan to catch this by Friday with my colleagues.
SCOOP PIC: Sa last full show ng mga sinehan sa SM North, itinaob ng pelikulang Pilipino ang foreign films. Ang pila papuntang cinema 8 ay umabot hanggang sa baba ng hagdan. At kahit pa sinasabing, "standing room" na ay walang pakialam ang mga moviegoers. "Para saan ang pila na iyan?" ang usisa ng PEP. "Tiktik!" ang sagot ng nakausap namin.
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TikTiK: The Aswang Chronicles Oozes with Near Perfection!
Director Erik Matti unleashes the world of Aswangs in a much higher perspective with his new masterpiece “TiKTiK: The Aswang Chronicles” which he called “an out and out genre movie“.
SM Megamall Cinema 9 was in SRO last Oct. 15, Monday, for the film’s premiere night as people were eager to watch the acclaimed horror movie of the year. TikTik: The Aswang Chronicles strayed away the formula that most mainstream movies have. It showed a contemporary and progressive type of filmmaking that will blow you away from time to time. Indeed this is something that will not only change the landscape of horror films and challenge other film outfits but will strengthen the hope left in you for Philippine Cinema.
The story is set in a remote town called Pulupandan where Makoy (DingDong Dantes) an anti-hero who possess a devil-may-care character goes to and wishes to reunite with his live-in partner Sonia (Lovi Poe) who was 9 months pregnant. In any minute, Sonia will deliver their first-born child and at the same time will be celebrating her birthday. But because of the what Makoy got himself into they had to fight against a barangay of aswangs risking everyone’s lives. And together with Sonia’s parents, Nestor (Joey Marquez) and Fely (Janice de Belen), house boy Bart (Ramon Bautista) & neighbors – an action packed siege saga continues!
Joey Marquez’s character “Mang Nestor” steals every scene with his wit and humor which is a comic relief with all the grim that’s lurking around. With that alone I believe Joey Marquez is gonna get a nod for a Best Supporting Actor award in the near future.
Dingdong Dantes, moreover is a stand out with his bad boy character.In fact I think he well deserves an award for that! More than what he did last year during the Metro Manila Film Festival. Janice De Belen was perfect for her mother role, no doubt. And Lovi Poe with her grace and elegant is truly the Princess of Philippine Horror Movies.
Laugh, scream, sympathize and be amazed as you watch the film – with a heart-beating pace Tiktik The Aswang Chronicles comes with great details, interesting angles, oozing cinematography, perfect cast and superb acting. That’s all I could say, this is a quick review anyway. With these, allow me to say that TiKTiK: The Aswang Chronicles is One of the Best Horror Films in the Philippines. It’s the Cabin in The Woods of the Philippines! Different. Smart. An instant classic!
Erik Matti is back and he proved to us that there’s hope for Philippine Cinema. Watch it in theaters now!
“Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles is an out and out genre movie that oozes with near perfection. A severely needed milestone to the long dying Philippine Cinema.”
My Rating: Obviously, it’s a near perfect film! So I give it 4/5.