Being positive about the film—‘Haunted Forest’, her production outfit has done in time for the Christmas season and the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)—Regal Entertainment Incorporated matriarch—Lily Monteverde expects box-office success as she sees the new generation audience—the millennials are thrill-seekers.
Back in 1988, the company has produced and created one of the biggest horror flicks in Philippine cinema history with the winning tandem of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes as directors of ‘Tiyanak’ which starred Janice de Belen. Three years later, another film came to the fore with still the Gallaga-Reyes team-up as directors for the third installment of ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’; and left an unforgettable creature called ‘Undin’, a water-nymph sea creature in its third episode titled—‘Nanay’ with Manilyn Reynes as the lead star.
Despite the strong competition that stands in the way for the film’s success in the upcoming MMFF 2017; like her mother, seasoned producer Roselle Monteverde is confident about the unique charm of the ‘Haunted Forest’ to attract the moviegoers come on Monday, December 25—Christmas Day.
“We assure you that this is not just your typical jump scare movie because ‘Haunted Forest’ is a film that you have to think about per scene in order for you to feel the horror,” according to its director, an international award-winning filmmaker Ian Loreños.
In the film written by Jeps Gallon, a new creature will be introduced to make the scary experience of its audience complete. Its story revolves around the father-daughter relationship of ex-Manila policeman Aris (Raymart Santiago) and Nica (Jane Oineza) and the mysterious haunted forest where a dark creature called ‘Sitsit’ resides.
Joining the cast members are Jameson Blake, Maris Racal, Jon Lucas, Joey Marquez, Jerald Napoles, Betong Sumaya, Myrtle Sarrosa, Miho Nishida, Beverly Salviejo, Fiona Yang and Kelvin Miranda.