Regal returns to horror; Viva goes for teens

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Carla Abellana

Carla Abellana

Film industry stalwarts Regal Entertainment and Viva Films are all set to storm the big screen with their latest movie offerings, and go head to head with big Hollywood flicks in the coming weeks and months.

With the Shake, Rattle and Roll franchise sorely missing from December 2013’s Metro Manila Film Festival line-up, Regal Entertainment returns to the horror genre with Third Eye, its maiden release for 2014.

Produced by the2 mother and daughter tandem of Lily and Roselle Monteverde, the Aloy Adlawan flick promises “a spine-tingling and nerve-wracking experience” for Filpino horror fans.

Third Eye stars three of television’s favorite dramatic actresses, Carla Abellana, Camille Pratts and Denise Laurel.


“After the success of Pagpag [a co-production between Star Cinema and Regal Films], gusto namin ng mas nakakatakot pang pelikula at inilagay namin iyon sa Third Eye. Tradisyon na kasi ng Regal na ibigay sa manonood ang gusto nila na tili at kinakabog na dibdib from beginning to the end of the movie. Modesty aside, they will experience all that with Third Eye. Ako na sanay na sanay na sa horror movies, natatakot pa talaga sa pelikulang ito,” related Mother Lily.

Denise Laurel and Ejay Falcon

Denise Laurel and Ejay Falcon

Third Eye revolves around the story of Mylene (Carla) who goes through a traumatic childhood because of her “third eye.” Her grandmother (Boots Anson Roa), out of worry and pity, decides to have her mysterious ability blocked, but warns her that the third eye can “reopen” especially when her will is weak.

Eager to begin a normal life, Mylene unfortunately marries a womanizer (Ejay) who carries on an affair with another woman (Denise) whom he gets pregnant.

Jealousy and insecurity prompt Mylene to confront her husband and his mistress, unaware of the fact that her outburst will set off what she had long tried to suppress.

Carla, Camille and Denise admit shooting Third Eye gave them goose bumps on the set.

“I did an episode for Shake, Rattle & Roll at natakot din ako, but I didn’t expect to be this nervous in shooting scenes for this movie. It felt very eerie on location kaya yung mga sigaw ko, totoo yon! Hindi arte lang,” confessed Carla who also told The Manila Times that she is horror film junkie.

Camille on the other hand, who essays a supernatural role on the film as the wife of Alex Medina, is thankful to be part of a new project that will show her versatility.

“The role is very challenging for me because I’m always cast in dramatic roles. So tigil muna ako sa iyakan; takutan naman ngayon sa Third Eye!” she enthused.

Denise, whose most recent roles for TV have been more provocative and aggressive, will combine her sultriness with thrills of the terrifying kind on the big screen.

“I enjoyed doing the film. It’s my first horror project and I had no idea it would be such a thrilling experience,” she revealed. “Inatake rin ako ng takot sa set pero nilakasan ko lang ang loob ko sa bawat eksena.”

Third Eye opens in cinemas nationwide on February 26. Log on to the movie’s official Facebook Page and Regal Film’s Twitter accounts for trailers and teasers.

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Still set for an April 2 playdate, Viva Films excitedly presented the cast of Diary ng Panget, the big screen adaptation of 2013’s biggest best-selling teen novel, which aims to launch a new breed of fresh young stars to stardom.

The Diary ng Panget book series has won the hearts of millions of readers since it was first published online via the free literature website Wattpad.com by 19-year-old fiction writer “Denny.” It quickly garnered over 12 million reads and finally published as a paperback series in 2013, staying at the top of the bestseller list for weeks.

Directed by Andoy Ranay, with a script from award-winning screenplay writer Mel del Rosario, Diary ng Panget is Viva Film’s second attempt at revolutionizing local filmmaking with adaptations of huge literary favorites. The first, Bob Ong’s ABNKKBSNPLAko?!, opened in cinemas on February 19.

The filming of this trendsetting movie, meanwhile, begins this month, and will introduce Viva’s newest young discoveries, Andre Paras, Yassi Pressman, Nadine Ilustre and James Reid.

The teen romance-comedy follows the tale of Rhea “Eye” Rodriguez (Nadine), an ordinary-looking but hard working girl with an extraordinary character. She earns a scholarship to the top-notch Willford Academy, a school for beautiful, smart, but mostly snobbish students.

To make ends meet, she works at her aunt’s karinderya, and applies as personal maid to the only son of a multi-millionaire, who turns out to be Willford’s Cross Sandford (James), the school’s most popular guy, student council president, star athlete, and commercial model.

Beneath the public persona of being every girl’s dream, Eya’s finds out that her new boss is disrespectful and arrogant. He gives her the nickname, “Panget” and dumps endless tasks, seemingly enjoying the sight of Eya suffering and getting humiliated in public.

Nevertheless, Eya’s determination, wit and resourcefulness make her the perfect opponent for her privileged torturer, which sets off a series of unforgettable teen adventures, complete with campus romances, heartbreaks and lessons of self-acceptance.

For more information on the project, log on to the Diary ng Panget The Movie’s official Facebook fan page and Viva Film’s Facebook page.

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