Ever since I saw the trailer of Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles last week I have made it a point to watch it and what better time than during my bonding time with my two boys!
I believe this is the first full length Filipino movie to be filmed entirely on green screen. No location, just studio and a whole lot of graphic art. The backdrop is dark and reminiscent of Zack Snyder's film 300.
The movie is about Makoy (Dingdong Dantes) who goes the fictional town of Pulupandan to win back his pregnant girlfriend Sonia (Lovi Poe). Things turns for the worse when Makoy and Sonia's father, Nestor (Joey Marquez), comes into contact with a community full of tiktik* who got the sniff of the pregnant Sonia. Together with Nestor, Sonia's mother, Fely (Janice de Belen), and the family's ever dependable katiwala Bart (Ramon Bautista), Makoy takes a stand to defend Sonia and their unborn baby.
The graphic effects was perfect for majority of the film until the later part when the tiktiks changed into something else and degraded my appreciation. They should have stuck with the tiktik effects all throughout the movie. Other than that, it was a fun movie to watch especially the characters of Joey Marquez and Ramon Bautista who provided the comic relief.
Another great movie from Eric Matti!
*Tiktik is a supernatural being who snacks on the unborn child of pregnant women.