We go to the Philippines for our next Halloween month horror goodie… the new pinoy film “Tiyanaks”.
The synopsis reads: “Something beyond comprehension is happening to Sheila (Rica Peralejo). The signs are clear: evil has returned… older, stronger and there is nowhere to hide. Many believe that when a baby dies without baptism, it leads to the possession of evil. Sheila, Rina (Jennylyn Mercado), Christian (Mark Herras) and Kerwin (JC De Vera) along with their friends do not believe in such stories. Against the advice of a concerned mythology professor, they decided to take an out of town trip during the holy week. They have other things in mind.
Christian wants to start courting Rina, Kerwin wants to beat Christian to it, Hanz wants to spend time with his boyfriend and Rex simply wants to have fun. In the beginning, it would seem like they made the right choice. Then certain events, all seeming to revolve around the dreams and premonitions of Sheila about young evil lurking in the area, are deeply disturbing: disappearance, mysterious children, a strange old woman… The troubling incidents multiply, pointing to something wrong – terribly wrong – and it seems they have no way out. Then tragedy strikes closer when one of them turns out to be evil himself. Now, they realize that some of them must make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the unspeakable terror that awaits them all. Some of them have to die for some to live.”
Want to know more? Then by all means, “Read On” !!
So OK, let see…. this one is a pretty standard “Teens go on a vacation/ party trip that goes ever so horribly wrong” plot that we’ve all seen about a jillion times before. Of course the teens have to go for party time during a Holy festival week…. and of course they plan to get up to the sort of hanky-panky that all such trips are about. Given that set-up, you just know that means they’ll get lost, end up at some haunted place in the middle of nowhere (like an old orphanage where a bunch of unbaptized kids met their demise), and all die one by one in the most grisly manner possible. Yep…. been there…. seen that.
I reeeeaaallly wanted to like this one…… it was a big budget film for the Philippines, and had decent effects and a nice release on DVD….. but in general, I felt like it was a bit rushed and truncated…. like some of the movie was just plain left out…. for budgetary reasons or time or whatever. I mean don’t get me wrong. Neko likes stories with evil demon/ghost/orphans as much as the next girl but I kinda expected a bit more mayhem than“Tiyanaks” was willing to deliver…….
The effects were pretty good…. especially for a Philippine film….. but they still have a while to go to catch up to even the ones in Thai films. As I’ve already mentioned… the plot is nothing new…. even the “twist/ surprise” ending was kinda lame….. but it was at least something different…… the folklore was nifty, and killer baby monsters are never a total loss.
In summary, Neko-chan gives this one a lazy 3 “Meows” out of 5….. but she still would watch it again sometime down the line……. I’m just that kind of wacky glutton for baaaad movies…. Hehehehehe!!!!
Here’s the Trailer…..