‘The Aswang Chronicles’ is now a certified film franchise
The 2012 Dingdong Dantes-starrer, Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles, is now an official movie franchise with the upcoming release of the action-horror’s sequel, Kubot.
An official entry to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival, Kubot picks up where Titktik left off in the town of Pulupandan where a massacre took place. The protagonists leave thinking all is well until they are ambushed on their way to Manila.
Kubot happens two years after the whole tragedy and finds Macoy, Dingdong’s character, while living a quiet life, suddenly embattled anew by aswang creatures. He fights the Kubot, a clan of longhaired female aswangs married to the Tiktik of Pulupandan.
New additions to the sequel’s cast are KC Montero, Isabelle Daza, Lotlot De Leon, Bogart the Explorer, Julie Ann San Jose and Abra. From Tiktik, Joey Marquez reprises his role, while Ramon Bautista resurfaces as a different character. A young and talented actress Hanna Ledesma is also featured in an introductory role.
Kubot marks the comeback of GMA Films as co-producer with Reality Entertainment and Dingdong’s Agosto Dos. As part of the ongoing movie promotions, Enchanted Kingdom has just launched the Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 Haunted attraction, and is now open to the public.
Director and co-writer Erik Matti says fans of Tiktik can look forward to an even better story line in Kubot, as well as heightened special effects and action sequences.
“Whereas Tiktik was shot against green screen, Kubot has a lot of scenes that were shot on location—mountaintops, quarry and Binondo. A team of Chinese stuntmen and riggers were also brought in for sequences that entailed hanging, jumping and flying to appear more exciting,” he relates.
Dave Yu, who is in-charge of special effects, further used what is called digital prosthetics as the aswangs are real actors.
“We promise a very exciting right from start to end,” concludes Matti.
Kubot opens on December 25 as part of the 2014 MMFF.