Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Aswang (1994)

Directors: Wrye Martin & Bary Poltermann

Starring: Norman Moses, Tina Ona Paukstelis, John Kishline, Flora Coker, Victor Delorenzo, Mildred Nierras

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They're coming to feed on the unborn.

Plot: A young, unwed, pregnant girl is made an offer she can't refuse. Marry a rich young man with a wealthy estate to please his dying mother, and she'll be well taken care of. What she doesn't know is the family has plans to sacrifice her baby!

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Snoozeville. The characters are uninteresting, it drags like hell, the synth score is poor, the story is thin (but, in fairness, in the right hands it was all you needed for a standard horror flick) but the makeup effects were good. The acting was OK I guess but I didn't care for a single character. The husband and his mother weren't likable at all and his wife didn't throw any sparks either.

There is a scene in the house involving a chainsaw which I thought was pretty well handled. It had that hand held camera vibe of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) but that's really the only thing I can recommend. On a whole, ASWANG is a dull mid-90s horror flick that has no bite and not much reason for anyone to want to watch...unless you're pregnant. The sad thing is that this mythical Filipino monster is ripe for a good movie (or several good movies). A creature that sucks unborn fetuses out of pregnant women has all kinds of scary as shit possibilities; this movie just doesn't deliver the goods.

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