Are there more monsters to explore in the Philippine culture? From the makers of TIKTIK, of Reality Entertainment and Agosto Dos Productions is KUBOT: The Aswang Chronicles, an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2014. GMA Films joins the group as co-producer officially inking the franchise last Dec.11, 2014. I was with fellow bloggers last Thursday attending the press conference at GMA Network Center with lead star Dingdong Dantes, Isabelle Daza, Hannah Ledesma, Jun Sabayton, Joey Marquez, Ramon Bautista, Julie Ann San Jose and Abra. Dondon Monteverde, Annette Abrogar with the award-winning director Erik Matti and Dingdong Dantes signed the franchise contract that will soon showcase the different facets of "aswang" of our culture.
New additions to the cast who were not present in the press conference were KC Montero, Lotlot De Leon and Bogart the Explorer. The original cast from Tiktik left for KUBOT were Joey Marquez and Dingdong Dantes. The new character of "aswang" from the local folklore KUBOT will be played by Elizabeth Oropesa. Kubot is a clan of long-haired female "aswangs" married to the Tiktik of Pulupandan whose abilities include morphing hair into a tentacle-like mass, squeezing their victim's innards out like gel.
With La Oropesa and Hannah Ledesma's characters and the new members of the cast, KUBOT is totally different from Tiktik as the movie is set on mountaintops, quarry and Binondo. Unlike Tiktik shot most on green screen, Kubot scenes were shot on location with a team of Chinese stuntmen and riggers to entail hanging, jumping and flying. Dave Yu , in-charge of special effects also adds the special digital prosthetics to make scenes more realistic. When I asked Direk Erik Matti what particular new thing he'd like to push forward knowing he's always aggressive with his views on film-making, he said that Kubot is different because scenes were shot mostly in the city, particularly Binondo. What I found more exciting about Kubot is a redefined breed of monsters unwritten in the hearts and minds of the people. Dingdong Dantes as a different "Makoy" will have a mechanical arm to fight against the "aswangs" now led by Doms (played by KC Montero). I've watched Tiktik so many times and it made me feel proud being a Filipino. Kubot will surely be one movie I will never miss on December 25, 2014 especially with the new members of the cast, the new special effects and the new story. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/TheAswangChroniclesMovie and follow @TheAswangChronicles on Twitter for more updates.