Filipino horror The Monster Chronicles: Tiktik on DVD in March
9 March 2016
The Monster Chronicles: Tiktik is a vampire folklore horror with a macabre sense of humour and plenty of blood, guts, and garlic, from director Erik Matti (ABCs of Death 2, On the Job).
Cocky layabout Makoy (Dingdong Dantes) travels to a remote village to reconcile with his pregnant girlfriend. When he’s angrily turned away, he tries to win favour by purchasing a suckling pig for her birthday feast. Although a bargain price, the pig isn’t quite what it seems, and soon the family are fighting for their lives from a hoard of vicious, man-eating creatures: the Tiktiks.
The first full-length Filipino film to be shot using green screen, with stylised sets and a comic book look.
For those who do not know (which included us)....
An Aswang is a vampire-like witch ghoul in Filipino folklore and is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories. Spanish colonists noted that the Aswang was the most feared among the mythical creatures of the Philippines, even in the 16th century.
Aswangs are shape-shifters, living as regular townspeople and transform into creatures at night (such as a cat, bat, bird, boar or most often, a dog). They enjoy eating unborn fetuses and small children, favoring livers and hearts. Some have long proboscises, which they use to suck the children out of their mothers' wombs when they are sleeping in their homes. Some make noises, like the Tiktik, (the name was derived from the sound it produces) which are louder the farther away the aswang is, to confuse its potential victim; An aswang will also have bloodshot eyes, the result of staying up all night searching for houses where wakes are held to steal the bodies.
The Monster Chronicles: Tiktik will be released on UK DVD in an uncut version with special edition reversible sleeve on 28th March 2016 by Terracotta Distribution under their Terror Cotta label at the RRP of £14.99.