Tiktik was the word I cannot forget out of my Ilonggo ex. It was such a thrill being invited to witness and interview the award-winning director Erik Matti of Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles produced by Reality Entertainment and Agosto Dos Productions last week at Post Manila Studio in Makati. Tracing from his roots as an Ilonggo, Direk Erik Matti explained how the regional fictional myth is still popular today despite the advanced modern technology. He actually wrote the story 5 years ago and waited for the right time and the right collaborations to happen.
What's most interesting about Tiktik was not just horror recipe we all love but how it was made into a film. Shooting from a 2000sqm area, I found it too funny to notice how they have transformed the whole place with green surroundings (to easily embed the CGI-computer graphics interface). Direk Erik Matti was not famous for films with vivid details but iconic presentations of each character in the film.
I loved the comic relief character of Raymond Bautista and the aswangs who looked really good as aswangs in the film We had the privelege to watch the first 20 minutes of the film and it got me more excited to watch the whole film. Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles made me believe in the Filipino art of film making. It completely erased my stigma to commercialized Filipino fantasy film with more awe at the details. No matter how much some skeptics will say it's a DingDong Dantes and Lovi Poe film, it made me believe that we can actually be at par with Hollywood in horror films. Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles made me feel proud as a Filipino and the concept of presenting the behind-the-scenes seminar film workshop to universities made me a fan of Direk Erik Matti. We should be proud at our Tiktik showing starting Oct. 17, 2012 at all theaters nationwide.For more info and updates, like Tiktik:The Aswang Chronicles on FB and on Twitter @TiktikOct17