Teen stars out to prove acting mettle in ‘Haunted Forest’


After their remarkable TV and movie performances, Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal and Jon Lucas are determined to raise the bar and share more undiscovered facets of themselves as actors in Regal Entertainment, Inc.’s official Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry, “Haunted Forest.”

“Haunted Forest is both a big challenge and blessing for all of us—a challenge because it’s the only horror film in the MMFF line-up, and a Christmas blessing because not everyone is given the opportunity to be part of Regal’s 60-year legacy,” shared Oineza who is now dubbed the “Princess of Horror Movies what with notable outputs in back-to-back thrillers.

Besides horror roles, Oineza was highly acclaimed when she received the finalist certificate from New York Festivals 2013 and a nomination from the 41st International Emmy Awards for her “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episode in 2012.

New faces of horror (from left) Jameson Blake, Jane Oineza, Maris Racal and Jon Lucas

Like Oineza, the rest of the lead stars consistently go all-out in honing their craft as actors. Last year, Racal earned praise for her notable supporting role in “Vince and Kath and James;” while “It’s Showtime” Hashtags members, Blake and Lucas, have both proven they are not just topnotch dancers but also as actors in independent films.

“The viewers will get to know a new Jane, Maris, Jameson and Jon while watching Haunted Forest. In the film, they fall in love, they will fear for their lives, but they will also learn family values through the different characters,” shared Blake, the other half of new love team, JaneSon.

Rated PG by the MTRCB, Haunted Forest also stars Raymart Santiago, Joey Marquez, Jerald Napoles, Betong Sumaya, Myrtle Sarrosa, Miho Nishida, Beverly Salviejo, Fiona Yang and Kelvin Miranda.

Under the direction of international award-winning filmmaker Ian Loreños, Haunted Forest will revolve around the estranged relationship of Aris (Santiago), a policeman and his daughter, Nica (Oineza). Their differences only get worse when Aris is reassigned to the province, which Nica detests. Once there, they find a mysterious forest which will change their lives forever.


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