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