This is one for the books. How do aswangs call each other? It's going to be one hilarious edge-of-your-seat "aswang" adventure watching Reality Entertainment, Agosto Dos Productions and GMA Films' entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival , "Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles". Even if you have not watched the first (Tiktik), Kubot will let you experience "aswang" in the city. Just enough dose of horror, enough dose of CGI and robotics, less gore, less profanity and wackier cast, Kubot brings the perfect movie recipe to enjoy this Christmas for the whole family.
What'll linger in your head is the hotdogs featured in the film. My dear blogger friend Jori (www.joriben.com) gave 9 but I gave it a 10 out of 10 hotdogs because it's perfect considering all the ingredients that makes a perfect Christmas movie. Kubot The Aswang Chronicles starring Dingdong Dantes and Joey Marquez returns on screen with more types of aswangs and more flavors of comedy. KC Montero joins the villain group of Morogmon as Papa Dom transforming more humans as monsters. Kubot, another clan of aswang led by Elizabeth Oropesa (Veron) starts the movie strong with scenes following Tiktik that's also one for the books. I was astounded with the character until it disappears in the end. Lotlot De Leon as Nieves will surely grab people's attention especially on scenes with Joey Marquez. Isabelle Daza's acting in this movie got me almost rolling over the floor laughing on scene where she was calling for other members of the Dagit clan. Playing as an OB-Gyne who tries to convert fellow aswangs to animal-eating carnivores, Isabelle Daza (Lex) is one aswang to help the humans against the wrath of Morogmons.
What I like: The robotics and CGI on the Kubot, especially the scenes of Veron (La Oropesa) were amazing and creative. It isn't so scary with just enough punch lines to get you admire the character. CGIs of aswangs including those of Jun Sabayton and Isabelle Daza were just enough to convince the character transformations. Isabelle Daza (Lex) calling the members of the clan got me dumbfounded with more struts and chants left me out of breath laughing my ass off at my seat. Finally, my most favorite scenes were those of Lotlot De Leon (Nieves) being the typical rumor-monger bringing her own drink and snack watching Lex (Isabelle) perform a ritual to get the bird leave out of the aswang (transformed monster) from eating a pack of hotdogs. The scene of Nieves (Lotlot) and Nestor (Joey Marquez) convincing Makoy (Dingdong) to move and go against the aswangs (monsters) was also unforgettable. I loved the stunts and the suspended motion action scenes of the film although some revealed the harnesses. Finally, one that I'll never forget is that last fight scene where Makoy (Dingdong) was reminded of his family's words of advice. I'll never forget that line from his sister for the rest of my life, it's truly "tatak-pinoy".
What didn't work for me: If your eyes are not clear like mine, you'll not notice some details that need polishing like the harness of some stuntmen and the doll parts at some fight scenes and grinding machine that shouldn't be there. I wanted to know what happened to the Kubot after the scene where Veron (La Oropesa ) left Macky to Makoy.
You will definitely not enjoy eating hotdogs while watching Kubot The Aswang Chronicles in cinemas but you'll surely laugh til you drop in this movie. The surprising twist of what type of aswang is next featured will get you back to thinking, is it going to be manananggal and what clan will revenge against Makoy. Kubot is truly amazing and entertaining. Lotlot De Leon deserves an award for her outstanding performance in this film. Thank you Direk Erik Matti! Please do continue making us all proud to be Filipino! For more information, please visit http://www.theaswangchronicles.com/ and like their official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheAswangChroniclesMovie and follow @TheAswangChronicles @KubotMovie on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.