Even if Holy Week has already passed, the film Kuwaresma which Reality Entertainment and Globe Studios have collaborated with, starring the Megastar Sharon Cuneta with John Arcilla and directed by Erik Matti is set to open in cinemas on Wednesday, May 15.
Known for her dramatic prowess, Cuneta, unknown to many is fond of horror flicks. Due to the gripping story that Katski Flores and Matti, she was convinced to do her first all-out horror film.
Apart from the story, Sharon didn’t miss the chance to work with the master of cinematic language as she described the filmmaker. She credited Matti as someone with unquestionable skills in creating horror films.
Matti, on the other hand also pointed that this is one of the most rewarding, satisfying collaborations he had.
“I am pretty proud of Kuwaresma. It has all the ingredients I love of a really fun horror movie,” said Matti.
“Ghosts, mystery, whodunnit, human frailties, crazy characters, Azarel the devil and a dead dog that comes alive.”
The cast and film production crew shot scenes in Baguio.
On Wednesday, August 28, the internationally-acclaimed, action-thriller of Reality Entertainment and Star Cinema titled ‘OTJ’ (On The Job) is set to open in cinemas nationawide with Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, and Joel Torre leading its powerfulcast and Erick Matti as its director.
Apart from the film’s recognition at the 2013 Puchon International Fantastic (PiFan) Film Festival for Joel Torre’s best actor award, it also takes pride for being featured in the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in France in May this year.
Matti was very vocal in a blog conference on casting Piolo Pascual—has always been in his mind despite some options that came in just to pursue the said movie project. Also, he admitted that he’s lucky to have worked with Gerald Anderson, which was about to start a new soap, but Star Magic was generous enough to let the actor start shooting for the film.
Among the top names included in the cast are Joey Marquez, Angel Aquino, Shaina Magdayao, Empress Schuck, Dawn Jimenez, Leo Martinez, Vivian Velez, and Rayver Cruz. William Martinez, Rosanna Roces, Michael de Mesa, JM de Guzman also have their cameo roles in ‘OTJ’.
When ‘Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles’ had its premiere night on Monday, October 15, at SM Megamall Cinema 9—a lot of people were there to witness this momentous movie event of the year, helmed by Erik Matti.
Frankly speaking, it is indeed quite an ambitious movie, but why dilly-dally the producing of such one—if there is a venue, if there is a budget, and there is a great cast to finish such project? This is what actually happened to director Erik Matti and Ronald Stephen ‘Dondon’ Monteverde.
Much have been said and written about this movie adventure that stars GMA-7’s prized actor Dingdong Dantes [which I would daresay]—did fit well as Makoy, the easy-go-lucky guy who impregnated Sonia, portrayed by Lovi Poe, another GMA-7 artist. Dantes is the perfect antithesis of the ideal ‘prince charming’ or the ‘knight in shining armor’ in love stories; as he portrays the ‘bad boy’ image, which was once highly-regarded or referred to Robin Padilla.
But, what’s more exciting about it is the inclusion of Joey Marquez and Janice de Belen in the cast as the husband and wife, the father and mother of Sonia—as Nestor and Fely. Both have been identified in horror flicks back then and having them is one reason to watch this first-ever in the history of Philippine cinema that’s shot in its entirety in a green screen.
Note: For starters, green screen technology is commonly used for weather update forecasts, where an interactive map is seen behind the presenter. The use of green screen is predominant in Hollywood blockbusters and advertising to achieve the effects needed for the material.
Another big reason to celebrate for and to watch this gigantic and exorbitant film is the spotlighting of Philippine Mythology and Folklores. This film signals the first offering of a series of ‘Aswang’ movies, which has never been explored before. Its special effects were really good and is already something that we, Filipinos, must take pride in. It was one brave attempt, but has succeeded in all its expectations.
To quote Matti, his vision on this film and the courage to embark on something that has never been done in Philippine movies is, “Filmmaking is about taking risks. It is about pushing the stories we can tell and the films that can be made. If we don’t risk, we will remain stagnant.”
Truly, ‘Tiktik’ surpasses anything that has been offered about ‘Aswangs’ in other Filipino films; as Dave Yu, the visual effects director made it possible in creating a believable full CG environments and creatures.