Thursday, October 6, 2011

46. Early PHILIPPINE HORROR MOVIES

During my childhood days, I enjoyed watching “Dracula” and other vampire movies. Who would forget Christopher Lee’s red eyes and pearly white fangs on early vampire movies? I am not sure why I like to be scared, maybe because of the thrill and chill on my spine that I experience every time I would watch one. After watching them I cannot sleep thinking that a vampire bat would enter the window and bite me.

Previously, I was not an avid fan of Filipino movies. But when I watched the first “Shake, Rattle & Roll” I was awed in horror. I did not expect then Filipino horror films could be so scary. I particularly enjoyed watching the “Manananggal” episode where Herbert Bautista’s role won for him the Best Actor Award at the 1984 Metro Manila Film Festival. Among my favorite horror movies are “Feng Shui” and “Sukob” starring Kris Aquino. Both films were blockbusters, giving the former Presidential Daughter now a Presidential Sister the title “Queen of Horror Movies.”

Horror movies scare us, but why do we like them? Aswangs, tikbalangs and tianaks have fascinated Filipino audiences for decades.  Pinoy films are filled with elements of fear with plenty of homegrown tales drawn from myth and folklore, which resulted in a bizarre genre that is rich and continually evolving. Today, the movies that feature them dominate the box office, reinforcing the historical significance and cultural relevance of horror movies.

Here are some of my horror movie fliers that time had forgotten. These movies were made before the World War II began. Foremost in the collection is Halimaw now considered as the first horror movie of the Philippines.

 HALIWAW Starring Luningning and Serafin Garcia. Directed by Tor Villano. Written by Enrique Davila
HALIWAW by X-OTIC Films shown at Grand Theater in Rizal Ave. 


TAONG DEMONYO  Starring Roas Del Rosario and Gregorio Fernandez. Directed by Tor Villano
TAONG DEMONYO by FILIPPINE Films shown at STAR Theater

 
TIANAK Starring Rosa del Rosario and Rogelio dela Rosa, a Jose Nepomuceno film

TIANAK (Lilipits of the Philippines) FANTASTIC Production shown at Tivoli Theater

KAMAY NA BAKAL, FILIPPINE Films. Staring Jose Padilla and Lilia Vixconde
Directed by Ernesto Lopez

11 comments:

  1. beautiful, beautiful collection...I didn't know HALIMAW was the first Pinoy Horror film..now that's really great trivia ;)

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  2. Thanks Dennis. Me too, I did not know it was the 1st Phil. horror movie... I only found out after I scanned the flyer and noticed the caption on top.

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  3. HI! I would like to ask if I can use the photos attached for a television show? And, if we can interview you regarding horror movies. Please e-mail me at socellefuentes@gmail.com for further information. thanks.

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  4. Hi screened name, Sure you can use the photos for your TV show, just give credit to my site. I will email you later.

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  5. Hi. You have a really interesting collection. May I ask where you found these posters?

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  6. Hi Andee, I got some from the old "CIRCA" shop in Shangrila Mall in Mandaluyong. Some from antique fair in Greenhills, San Juan.

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  7. Oh, wow. I'd probably visit those shops soon. Thank you! :)

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  8. The images from "Halimaw," "Taong Demonyo," and "Tianak" fliers give me a creepy feel. "Ang Kamay Na Bakal" has that film-noir look.

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  9. HI! I would like to ask if I can use the photos as a material for a tv show? thanks in advance.

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  10. Hi...am looking for the title of a 70's or 80's Pinoy horror movie. There's this woman and she has a sort of a mini monster hiding behind her, looks like a small orangutan. Whenever this monster comes out from behind her, it gives out an eerie "hi, hi, hi" chuckling sound. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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