Cinema One and Salida Productions’ horror flick “Salvage” is one of the featured films in the upcoming Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, a novel initiative of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) from August 16 to 22.
Liza Diño-Seguerra, FDCP chair, said that Salvage is “a very unique addition” to the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino lineup what with its impressive attempt at a new brand of horror.
“This is a keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of movie and we cannot wait for the Filipino audience to see this amazing film in PPP,” she said.
The movie stars Jessy Mendiola and JC de Vera in a thrilling story of a news team who was given an undesirable assignment of looking into news about sightings of aswang creatures in Central Mindanao.
Cynical and unenthusiastic, they follow their lead into remote barrio where residents say the rumor began. Along the way, a group of armed men in military uniform tries to abduct them. As they escape towards the forest, they encounter a series of events that leads them to question the identity of their captors.
The Sherad Anthony Sanchez movie was cited for Best Film Editing in 2016’s Young Critics Circle awards.
According to a review written by Skilty Labastilla for the Young Critics Circle Film Desk, “Salvage does not rely on plot to sustain viewers’ interest, rather, it engages by evoking a sense of mystery and increasing dread. The last 20 breathtaking minutes, in particular, offer a masterclass in shoestring suspense filmmaking by ingenious use of camera angles and lighting, sound and film editing, and no-holds-barred acting.”
The movie has received positive reviews from film directors.
“Interested less in the genre as a commercial hook and device, instead, Sanchez cleverly uses its tropes to make a searing statement on the Filipino tribe being seduced by the pomp, spectacle and religious pageantry tendered by a monstrous, native demon sprung from the depths of the jungle,” shared Rico Ilarde.
“Violator” director Dodo Dayao noted, “Sanchez returns to the jungle and comes back with this thoroughly mysterious and hallucinatory piece of modern horror that twists found footage conventions into a strange disturbing new shape.”
Joing de Vera and Mendiola in the cast are Joel Saracho, Karl Medina and Barbie Capacio.